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Founding Fathers and Morocco

In honor of the 4th of July, we are publishing the first of ten Journal Entries dedicated to the relationship between the US and Morocco. 

In 1776, Morocco became the first country to publicly recognize the independence of the United States in the form of granting US vessels access to its ports. Under the direction of sultan Mohammed III, port overseers were to prioritize US trade, provide American ships with food, and ensure safe passage through the Strait of Gibraltar. In fact, a maritime road between the two countries was planned in 1781! 

Diplomatic and trade relations were formalized a decade later in 1786 with the Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship. Signed by the sultan Mohammed III, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, this document* marks the longest standing bi-lateral treaty in US history. 

Testimonies of courtesy, mutual esteem, and good neighborliness have not ceased since. Thus, numerous embassies, letters and gifts, have crossed the Atlantic in both directions, between successive American presidents and Moroccan Alaouite Sultans. One such gesture of friendship was George Washington’s sending of the text of the US Constitution to the Sultan in 1789. 

Oum Rugs Co. was founded by Ismail Tazi in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2017. Ismail’s life experiences in the U.S. awoke within him with a fervent entrepreneurial spirit, which combined with his sincere passion for Moroccan ancestral handicraft savoir-faire, led him to create the company, in the tradition of a trade relationship that has existed between the U.S. and Morocco for centuries.

Please join us in celebration of the US-Morocco friendship.



* Treaties photos source: Morocco on the Move website, an initiative of the Moroccan American Center.