by Queen Valahra Renita El Harre-Bey
video by Keishon T Kessee El-Bey
In December 1777, the Moroccan Sultan Muhammed III included the United States in a list of countries to which Morocco’s ports were open. Morocco thus became the first country whose head of state publicly recognized the newly independent United States. Relations were formalized with the Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship (also known as theTreaty of Marrakesh) negotiated by Thomas Barclay in Marrakesh, and signed by American diplomats in Europe, Thomas Jefferson,John Adams with Sultan Muhammad III in 1786.