Through Jade's Eyes

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, February 11, 2008

MOROCCO’S COASTAL CITIES

The walls of the old coastal cities are often built of stone and in different styles than inland cities, generally depending on the people constructing the fortress. And coastal cities often saw a variety of occupations.

For example, Jade spent time investigating Azilah and noted the massive stone walls around the old city. Azilah was originally built by the Carthaginians and may have been occupied by Phoenicians before the Romans took over. But whatever they built was eventually covered over by the Portuguese who took the city in 1471. It was the Portuguese who constructed the stone walls that Jade saw.

The photo below, while not from Azilah, is somewhat representative of the Portuguese cities along Morocco’s Atlantic coast. It is taken at modern Essaouira (esa-wera) farther southeast. The Portuguese had called this city Mogador. The walls and watch tower in the photo illustrate this Portuguese style of fortress.

But Mogador was not finished changing hands. Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah rebuilt much of the city’s interior in 1765 (using a French architect) and named it Essaouira. When the French established their protectorate in 1912, they renamed it Mogador. Hence, that’s the name Jade would have used in referring to it. In 1956, with the coming of Morocco’s independence, the city reverted to Essaouira.

Next time: More Morocco trivia

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