It was known as Mazagão. From 1502 to 1769 the Portuguese controlled the area and built a beautiful fortification. Drawing on advancements in design and thought from the Renaissance, the Portuguese left behind an amazing structure that currently is identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 1769 the fort was abandoned and the colonists were sent to a new colony…Brazil. El Jadida was then taken by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah.
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