Portuguese Morocco – Comparatistas – english version

Portuguese Morocco

Centro de Estudos Comparatistas | Centro de História

Date: September 20th, 11.00-13.00

Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa – Anfiteatro III

Professor Fatima Harrak (Institute of African Studies, University Mohamed V – Rabat, Morocco)


While the relatively short-lived  French and Spanish Protectorates in Morocco (1912 to 1955) are  well researched topics in Moroccan historiography, the three centuries’  long colonial presence of Portugal on the Moroccan Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts have benefited of very limited attention from Moroccan Historians. Nonetheless, and relying on these scarce works, I will attempt  in my lecture to  highlight  the view from Morocco of the tumultuous history of Portuguese colonialism in Morocco  between 1415 and 1769, starting with the annexation of Ceuta in 1415, to Morocco’s recuperation of El Jadida in 1769, passing by the occupation then  liberation  of Tangiers, Asilah, Azemmour, Safi, Essaouira and Agadir. A pause for reflection at some “lieux de mémoire” will be an occasion to propose a “colonized” reading  of the  complex and passionate relations which linked  Morocco and Portugal in the past. The discussion which will follow my presentation will hopefully be an chance for a two-sided deliberation on how to transform  this shared historical capital  into an investment in bonds of solidarity and equal opportunity for the two nations and the two peoples.

[No âmbito do ciclo MEMÓRIAS COLONIAIS, uma parceria CEC/FLUL – CULTURGEST – CEsA/CESA, a Professora Fatima Harrak falará sobre a representação, na historiografia marroquina, da longa presença portuguesa em Marrocos (1415-1769)]

This work is financed by national funds through the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the project UIDB/00509/2020 and UIDP/00509/2020.