Old Map of Kingdoms of Fez & Marrakech, Morocco by Visscher, 1690: Rabat, Casablanca, Atlas Mountains
Old Map of Kingdoms of Fez & Marrakech, Morocco by Visscher, 1690: Rabat, Casablanca, Atlas Mountains
Old Map of Kingdoms of Fez & Marrakech, Morocco by Visscher, 1690: Rabat, Casablanca, Atlas Mountains
Old Map of Kingdoms of Fez & Marrakech, Morocco by Visscher, 1690: Rabat, Casablanca, Atlas Mountains

Old Map of Kingdoms of Fez & Marrakech, Morocco by Visscher, 1690: Rabat, Casablanca, Atlas Mountains

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history with the exquisite 'Fezzae et Marocchi regna Africae celeberrima, describebat Abrah' map, a masterful creation by the renowned mapmaker Nicolaes Visscher II. Translated into English, the title signifies 'The most celebrated kingdoms of Fez and Marrakech in Africa, described by Abraham'. This map, dating back to 1690, offers a detailed view of the regions of Fez and Marrakech, along with the larger area of Morocco, a land steeped in culture and history.

The map, with its meticulous details, captures the grandeur of significant cities such as Marrakech, Fes, Rabat, and Casablanca. Each city, with its unique history and culture, is depicted with remarkable precision, allowing you to traverse through time and space. The majestic Atlas Mountains, a geographical marvel, are also beautifully represented, adding a touch of nature's grandeur to the man-made boundaries.

The map is not just a representation of geographical locations but also a vivid depiction of the political landscape of the time. The clearly marked political boundaries provide a glimpse into the historical divisions and power dynamics that shaped the region. The inclusion of towns, waterways, and canals further adds to the intricate detailing, offering a comprehensive view of the region's topography.

The map is also embellished with a decorative title cartouche, adding an artistic touch to the scientific precision. The relief shown pictorially provides a sense of depth and realism, making the map not just a piece of historical artifact, but also a work of art. Wildlife and other landmarks are also depicted, adding layers of interest and intrigue. This map, with its blend of history, geography, and art, is a treasure trove for those with a keen interest in the past and a discerning eye for beauty.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Kingdom of Fez:

  1. Fes - Founded in 789, Fes is one of the world's oldest inhabited cities and a former capital of Morocco. It's known for its vibrant souks and historic medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  2. Taza - Established in 710, Taza is known for its strategic location between the Rif and Middle Atlas Mountains.
  3. Meknes - Founded in the 11th century, Meknes is one of Morocco's four imperial cities and was the capital during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail.
  4. Chefchaouen - Founded in 1471, Chefchaouen is famous for its blue-painted streets and buildings.
  5. Tetouan - Established in the 3rd century BC, Tetouan served as the main point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia.
  6. Ksar el-Kebir - Founded in the 8th century, it's known for the Battle of the Three Kings in 1578.
  7. Larache - Established in the 7th century BC, Larache is a coastal city known for its Spanish influence.
  8. Asilah - Founded in 1500 BC, Asilah is a fortified town on the northwest tip of the Atlantic coast.
  9. Safi - Established in the 11th century, Safi was a center for trade and navigation.
  10. Azemmour - Founded in the 2nd century BC, Azemmour is known for its historical medina.
  11. Sale - Established in 1030, Sale is known for its old medina and the Sale Rovers, a group of pirates who established a republic in the 17th century.
  12. Kenitra - Founded in the 9th century, Kenitra is known for its strategic location near the mouth of the Sebou River.
  13. Rabat - Founded in the 3rd century BC, Rabat is the current capital of Morocco and known for its cultural sites.
  14. Casablanca - Established in the 7th century BC, Casablanca is now Morocco's largest city and economic hub.
  15. Marrakech - Founded in 1062, Marrakech is known for its vibrant souks and historic sites.

Kingdom of Marrakech:

  1. Agadir - Founded in 1505, Agadir is known for its beautiful beaches and modern architecture.
  2. Essaouira - Established in the 7th century BC, Essaouira is a coastal city known for its well-preserved 18th-century medina.
  3. Taroudant - Founded in the 11th century, Taroudant is known for its historic city walls and souks.
  4. Ouarzazate - Established in 1928, Ouarzazate is known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert.
  5. Zagora - Founded in the 13th century, Zagora is known for its proximity to the Draa River valley.
  6. Tinghir - Established in the 13th century, Tinghir is known for its stunning Todra Gorge.
  7. Errachidia - Founded in 691, Errachidia is known for its Ziz River and palm groves.
  8. Midelt - Established in 1670, Midelt is known for its apple orchards and beautiful mountainous surroundings.
  9. Beni Mellal - Founded in 1688, Beni Mellal is known for its strategic location in the middle of Morocco.
  10. Khouribga - Established in 1923, Khouribga is known for its phosphate mining.
  11. Settat - Founded in 1524, Settat is known for its historic medina and Chaouia culture.
  12. El Jadida - Established in 1502, El Jadida is a port city known for its Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan.
  13. Safi - Founded in the 11th century, Safi is known for its pottery and historic medina.
  14. Marrakech - Founded in 1062, Marrakeck is known for its vibrant souks and historic sites.
  15. Fes - Founded in 789, Fes is one of the world's oldest inhabited cities and a former capital of Morocco.

Notable natural phenomena and tourist attractions:

  • Atlas Mountains - A mountain range across a northern stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km.
  • Rif Mountains - A mountain range in Northern Morocco.
  • Sahara Desert - The world's largest hot desert.
  • Draa River - Morocco's longest river.
  • Ziz River - A well-known river in Morocco, especially noted for its spectacular gorges.

Notable historical events in this region between 1600 and 1690:

  • Battle of Ksar El Kebir (1578) - A significant battle in Moroccan history, also known as the Battle of the Three Kings.
  • Establishment of the Alaouite Dynasty (1631) - The current Moroccan royal family, under the leadership of Sharif ibn Ali.
  • Barbary Pirates (1600s) - The Sale Rovers were infamous during this period, establishing a pirate republic in Sale.

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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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