When Morocco received its independence and recovered its sovereignty, the decolonisation procedure with France and Spain took a different process.

From France, Morocco recovered all territories which were under the Protectorate in 1956. The process was different with Spain since the territories under its protectorate were scattered between the North, the center and the South. Recovery was achieved gradually: the North in 1956, Tangier in April 1956, Tan Tan and Tarfaya in 1958, Sidi Ifni in 1969 in the Sahara in 1975. The latter was recovered after the Green March which constituted a symbiosis between the Alaouite throne, the Sahrawi populations and all Moroccan people.

As a matter of fact, decolonisation in Morocco was long and difficult; however, this process has always been pacific and followed the path of dialogue and negotiations with our friendly neighbouring country Spain.

We can therefore say that Morocco put an end to all the territorial obstacles imposed by the Protectorate Treaty.

The time of decolonisation of Western Sahara was over.

The maps below show the different phases of the decolonization process of the kingdom of Morocco.

Map of the kingdom of Morocco in 1956 - Phase 1 of decolonization : 

Map of the kingdom of Morocco in 1958 after the recovery of Tarfaya and Tan Tan - Phase 2 of decolonization : 

Map of the kingdom of Morocco in 1969 after the recovery of Sidi Ifni - Phase 3 of decolonization :


Map of the kingdom of Morocco in 1975 after the recovery of Western Sahara - End of decolonization :



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