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Old January 12th, 2013, 11:26 AM   #1

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Why wasn't Morocco able to colonize the Americas?


Why was it that Morocco was never able to colonize the Americas or any of the islands off of the African coast?
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Old January 12th, 2013, 11:30 AM   #2

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I wonder, did they even try? I never heard a story about any country in Africa colonisising any part of the new world.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 11:32 AM   #3

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Why was it that Morocco was never able to colonize the Americas or any of the islands off of the African coast?
Did they go to America?
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Old January 12th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #4

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Did they go to America?
They did in Age of Empires 3...

I suppose it's for the same reasons as the Italian states, I once started a thread on that, let me look it up.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 12:04 PM   #5

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Strangely, I don't think they ever did try. It's not like the would have had any more difficulty then western Europe considering Morocco's location, at least compared to the Italian states Bartieboy mentioned.

Even during the 30 year's year war when Europeans were again preoccupied with killing each other there weren't any Moroccan attempts.


Did the Moroccoans just feel that they were getting enough money from trans-Saharan trade and Barbary piracy, and didn't feel like spending the money?
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I suppose it's for the same reasons as the Italian states, I once started a thread on that, let me look it up.
Italians had the navigation skills, as you can gather from the names of many the first explorers, Cristoforo Colombo, Amerigo Vespucci, Giovanni Caboto (for the british John Cabot), Sebastiano Caboto, Giovanni da Verrazzano...
But they worked for foreign powers.


Why? Sure a reason could be that the Italian states were locked up in the Mediterranean Sea.

Sailor Sebastiano Caboto proposed to Venice Council to build ocean going ships and go for America, still any such undertaking could be easily blocked by the other countries interested in the America's exploitation (Spain and Portugal) which sat on the route for the west (starting from any italian port). Not to easy to be a rival of the Spain superpower and having to pass through Gibraltar in order to start your colonies.
So Venice renounced it, and started its sad and slow decline.
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Did the Moroccoans just feel that they were getting enough money from trans-Saharan trade and Barbary piracy, and didn't feel like spending the money?
It's a fact that the muslim world was quite conservative in those times, and never acquired the necessary crafts and navigation skills to start their colonial empire in America.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 01:20 PM   #8

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It's a fact that the muslim world was quite conservative in those times, and never acquired the necessary crafts and navigation skills to start their colonial empire in America.
Didn't Columbus use Arab style sails?
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Old January 12th, 2013, 01:32 PM   #9

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At the risk of making things up as i go along. Most Moroccan trade and piracy was in the Meditaranian sea, perhap their ships were not suitable for long trans atlantic voyages.
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According to this site the Caravel might have been of Muslim origin.

History of the caravel


I think they didn't went there because they didn't know it existed.And had no reason to try to reach Asia by other route. If they had then the question would be why didn't they circumnavigate Africa?
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