History UsefulNotes / Morocco

9th Jul '17 3:39:06 PM nombretomado
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* The largest city and commercial capital is '''Casablanca''' (Arabic: الدار البيضاء, ''al-Dār al-Baiḍā[='=]'',[[note]]Which translates to "The White House," the meaning of the name in Spanish[[/note]] although this use is restricted to relatively formal circumstances in Morocco). Casablanca is famous, of course for ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', and indeed it was something of a CityOfSpies during WorldWarII. Today, it's famous for playing host to a gigantic mosque and having pretty much everything. Most major Moroccan companies are based in Casablanca, and pretty much any trip to the country must go to this city. A foreigner going to Morocco is likely to come through Casablanca's gigantic Mohammed V Airport, and Casa (as locals call it) is more or less the center of the nation's transit network.

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* The largest city and commercial capital is '''Casablanca''' (Arabic: الدار البيضاء, ''al-Dār al-Baiḍā[='=]'',[[note]]Which translates to "The White House," the meaning of the name in Spanish[[/note]] although this use is restricted to relatively formal circumstances in Morocco). Casablanca is famous, of course for ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', and indeed it was something of a CityOfSpies during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Today, it's famous for playing host to a gigantic mosque and having pretty much everything. Most major Moroccan companies are based in Casablanca, and pretty much any trip to the country must go to this city. A foreigner going to Morocco is likely to come through Casablanca's gigantic Mohammed V Airport, and Casa (as locals call it) is more or less the center of the nation's transit network.
22nd Apr '17 10:55:00 PM karstovich2
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* The mountains of the Middle Atlas have some interesting coniferous forests that are absolutely wonderful for camping. They resemble nothing if not the redwood forests of the American Pacific Northwest--but with ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]'' (specifically, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_macaque Barbary macaques]]).


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* The middle altitudes of the mountains of the Middle Atlas have some interesting coniferous forests that are absolutely wonderful for camping. They resemble nothing if not the redwood forests of the American Pacific Northwest--but with ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]'' (specifically, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_macaque Barbary macaques]]).

22nd Apr '17 10:53:36 PM karstovich2
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* The mountains of the Middle Atlas have some interesting coniferous forests that are absolutely wonderful for camping. They resemble nothing if not the redwood forests of the American Pacific Northwest--but with ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]'' (specifically, Barbary macaques).


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* The mountains of the Middle Atlas have some interesting coniferous forests that are absolutely wonderful for camping. They resemble nothing if not the redwood forests of the American Pacific Northwest--but with ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]'' (specifically, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_macaque Barbary macaques).

macaques]]).

22nd Apr '17 10:51:57 PM karstovich2
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\n* The mountains of the Middle Atlas have some interesting coniferous forests that are absolutely wonderful for camping. They resemble nothing if not the redwood forests of the American Pacific Northwest--but with ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]'' (specifically, Barbary macaques).

22nd Apr '17 10:46:16 PM karstovich2
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* '''Essouera''' (Arabic: الصويرة, ''as-Ṣawīra'') is notable as the original home of the Moroccan Navy, although foreigners are more attracted to the musical festivals, the surfing, the fact that Music/JimiHendrix liked to vacation there, and the impossibly good and cheap hashish (oh, Europeans...).

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* '''Essouera''' (Arabic: الصويرة, ''as-Ṣawīra'') is notable as the original home of the Moroccan Navy, although foreigners are more attracted to the musical festivals, the surfing, surfing (it has some truly fantastic waves for surfing), the fact that Music/JimiHendrix liked to vacation there, and the impossibly good and cheap hashish (oh, Europeans...).
22nd Apr '17 10:41:15 PM karstovich2
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* '''Ifrane''' (Arabic: إفران/يفرن ''Ifrān'') is in the Atlas Mountains, and was built by the French. It has been called "Morocco's Little Switzerland" due to its architecture, imported European plants, and its cold temperatures with snowy winters. (Fun fact - The coldest temperature in Africa was reported in Ifrane at -24.3 C/-11.7 F.)

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* '''Ifrane''' (Arabic: إفران/يفرن ''Ifrān'') is in the Atlas Mountains, and was built by the French. It has been called "Morocco's Little Switzerland" due to its architecture, imported European plants, and its cold temperatures with snowy winters.winters; the town is a ski resort. (Fun fact - The coldest temperature in Africa was reported in Ifrane at -24.3 C/-11.7 F.) It also plays host to Al Akhawayn University, a [[UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia Saudi-funded]] American-style university that positions itself as a kind of Moroccan Oxford or Harvard.
22nd Apr '17 10:37:28 PM karstovich2
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It is a member of the Arab League, has strong ties with UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion and is a major US ally, in spite of its population, being the first nation to recognize the United States. However, it is also the only country in Africa that is not part of the African Union, due to the AU recognising the independence of Western Sahara. There may also be a cultural subtext to this: Moroccans steadfastly refuse to think of themselves as "African" -- visit Fes, Marrakesh, or Rabat and ask what continent you're in, and they'll [[BerserkButton adamantly reply]] "extremely Southern Europe."

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It is a member of the Arab League, has strong ties with UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion and is a major US ally, in spite of its population, being the first nation to recognize the United States. However, it is was for a long time also the only country in Africa that is not part of the African Union, due to the AU recognising the independence of Western Sahara. There may also be a cultural subtext to this: Moroccans steadfastly refuse to think of themselves as "African" -- visit Fes, Marrakesh, or Rabat and ask what continent you're in, and they'll [[BerserkButton adamantly reply]] "extremely Southern Europe."
" However, in 2017, the kingdom joined the AU.
22nd Apr '17 10:32:54 PM karstovich2
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* Became a playable civilization under Ahmad al-Mansur in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 5'''s ''Brave New World'' expansion.

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* Became a playable civilization under Ahmad al-Mansur in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 5'''s V'''s ''Brave New World'' expansion. They're a good civilization to play if your goal is to get filthy rich.
20th Feb '17 5:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* The largest city and commercial capital is '''Casablanca''' (Arabic: الدار البيضاء, ''al-Dār al-Baiḍā[='=]'',[[note]]Which translates to "The White House," the meaning of the name in Spanish[[/note]] although this use is restricted to relatively formal circumstances in Morocco). Casablanca is famous, of course for ''{{Casablanca}}'', and indeed it was something of a CityOfSpies during WorldWarII. Today, it's famous for playing host to a gigantic mosque and having pretty much everything. Most major Moroccan companies are based in Casablanca, and pretty much any trip to the country must go to this city. A foreigner going to Morocco is likely to come through Casablanca's gigantic Mohammed V Airport, and Casa (as locals call it) is more or less the center of the nation's transit network.

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* The largest city and commercial capital is '''Casablanca''' (Arabic: الدار البيضاء, ''al-Dār al-Baiḍā[='=]'',[[note]]Which translates to "The White House," the meaning of the name in Spanish[[/note]] although this use is restricted to relatively formal circumstances in Morocco). Casablanca is famous, of course for ''{{Casablanca}}'', ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', and indeed it was something of a CityOfSpies during WorldWarII. Today, it's famous for playing host to a gigantic mosque and having pretty much everything. Most major Moroccan companies are based in Casablanca, and pretty much any trip to the country must go to this city. A foreigner going to Morocco is likely to come through Casablanca's gigantic Mohammed V Airport, and Casa (as locals call it) is more or less the center of the nation's transit network.
9th Sep '16 9:54:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''Meknes''' (Arabic: مكناس‎ ''Maknās''; often written "Meknès" because that's how it's done in French) is the fifth-largest city (when you count Rabat and Sale together), and has a bit of history to it, as it was the capital of the country before being moved to Marrakesh and then Rabat. As a result, it has a large number of very old royal buildings. It is also very close to the very attractive ruins of the [[TheRomanEmpire Roman]] colony of Volubilis and the pretty--and living--town of Moulay Idriss, the oldest Muslim settlement in Morocco.

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* '''Meknes''' (Arabic: مكناس‎ ''Maknās''; often written "Meknès" because that's how it's done in French) is the fifth-largest city (when you count Rabat and Sale together), and has a bit of history to it, as it was the capital of the country before being moved to Marrakesh and then Rabat. As a result, it has a large number of very old royal buildings. It is also very close to the very attractive ruins of the [[TheRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman]] colony of Volubilis and the pretty--and living--town of Moulay Idriss, the oldest Muslim settlement in Morocco.
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