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Tangier, Morocco

 

Tangier
Public DomainTangier - Credit: Willard Leroy Metcalf

 Tangier lies on the western approach to the Strait of Gibraltar.   It has a long and rich history, founded by Carthaginians, later controlled by Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals and then Berbers.   The city has been both a Portuguese and an English colony.   Tangier was finally reunited with the rest of Morocco in 1956.  

 

Its cosmopolitan culture has attracted spies, rogues, writers like William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, as well as artists like Delacroix and Matisse.   Burroughs’s Naked Lunch was set in Tangier, and Interzone was a fictionalised version of the city.

The population has swelled from 250,000 in 1982 to over one million today.   The city is an important industrial centre, and is developing a tourism industry based on seaside resorts.