Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Morocco s Independence Day November 18
Beginning in the year of 1920,
It was on March 2, 1956 that Morocco was able to gain its independence from the French Protectorate. After the French left Morocco, the Spanish did the same. In April, the region of Morocco under the Spanish protectorate was freed. Also, Tangier, which was given international status, became apart of Morocco again in October. After 44 years of colonization Morocco was finally an independent country again (History of Morocco to the Present Day, Moroccansands.com).
Although Morocco gained its independence in 1956, Spain still colonizes two parts of Morocco to this day. The cities of Ceuta and Melilla and a small chain of islands of the coast in the Atlantic ocean are still under the control of Spain. The Spanish had taken over Melilla in 1497 and got Ceuta in 1580. When Spain gave up the protectorate in Morocco, they did not give up these parts of Morocco. Ceuta and Melilla are two cities in dispute between Spain and Morocco. Moroccans consider the cities to be apart of Morocco while the Spanish say that it is Spain's property and Spanish people already settled there before the Moroccans did ("Ceuta and Melilla: The Last European Colonies in Africa." Examiner.com).
Mohammad V was born on August 10, 1909. He was the Sultan of Morocco while it was a protectorate, from 1927 to 1957.
OF MOROCCO, Historyworld.net