Background: In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, successive Moorish dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad AL-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily eroded; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Morocco virtually annexed Western Sahara during the late 1970s, but final resolution on the status of the territory remains unresolved. Gradual political reforms in the 1990s resulted in the establishment of a bicameral legislature in 1997. Parliamentary elections were held for the second time in September 2002 and municipal elections were held in September 2003.
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- March 2nd 2014 Marrakech_2013
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- February 27th 2014 What's Cooking in the Public Baths of Marrakech?
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- January 20th 2014 (10) Into Africa
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- January 17th 2014 Route of "1001 Kasbahs" and Movies
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- January 1st 2014 MaroqueAmoque_3
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- January 1st 2014 MaroqueAmoque4
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- December 29th 2013 MaroqueAmoque_2
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- December 23rd 2013 Week 11 and 12 Mohameddia, Casablanca, Marrakech
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- September 11th 2013 Morocco from Atlas Mountains, back to Casablanca
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- July 10th 2013 A haggling dance inside the souqs of Marrakech
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- June 20th 2013 Magical Marrakech and the beauty of Jamaa el Fna or ساحة جامع الفناء! (Plus, a wet and wild reunion!!!)
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- May 23rd 2013 Marrakech, a Taste of the Old Arabic World
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- May 18th 2013 GOODBYE DRIVING , HELLO MARRAKESH!
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- May 18th 2013 ONE HUMP OR TWO?
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- May 10th 2013 Colourful Marrakesh, Marrakech
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- April 30th 2013 Souk Time
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- April 29th 2013 Marrakech....!
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- April 17th 2013 Morocco
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- April 5th 2013 The Only Sun Was After it Had Gone Dark
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- April 4th 2013 You Have Just GOT to Visit the Tannery!!
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