America’s oldest, unbroken treaty relationship is with Morocco, which was the first nation to recognize the US. The treaty was signed by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Sultan Muhammad III. It has lasted 232 years and is called the “Treaty of Friendship”.

Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship

For other uses, see Marrakesh Treaty (disambiguation).

In December 1777, the Moroccan Sultan Muhammad 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.[failed verification] Relations were formalized with the Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship (also known as the Treaty of Marrakesh)[citation needed] negotiated by Thomas Barclay in Marrakesh, and signed by American diplomats in Europe, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams with Sultan Muhammad III in 1786.

History

Muhammad III, or Sidi Muhammad ibn Abdallah, came to power in 1757 and ruled until his death in 1790. Prior to his reign,… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

14 thoughts on “America’s oldest, unbroken treaty relationship is with Morocco, which was the first nation to recognize the US. The treaty was signed by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Sultan Muhammad III. It has lasted 232 years and is called the “Treaty of Friendship”.”

  1. luleigas

    Related fun fact:

    > The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance ratified at the Treaty of Windsor in 1386 is the oldest alliance in the world that is still in force by politics – with the earliest treaty dating back to the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373.

  2. Taroca89

    It also stated that no Moroccan subject can be enslaved in America, which is why many free blacks claimed Moroccan citizenship (Moorish-American Islam for e.g.)

  3. Itakie

    And then in 1784 Moroccan pirates seized Betsey 🙁
    which was the reason the United Stated built their own navy.

    > “Our trade to Portugal, Spain, and the Mediterranean is annihilated unless we do something decisive. Tribute or war is the usual alternative of these pirates. If we yeild the former, it will require sums which our people will feel. Why not begin a navy then and decide on war? We cannot begin in a better cause nor against a weaker foe.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  4. Zer0Summoner

    Didn’t the British by definition recognize the United States in the Treaty of Paris?

  5. shaka_sulu

    I always wanted to visit Morocco… Grace Kelly, beautiful beaches, the grand prix, James Bond, those casinos.

  6. thepenguinking84

    So this is how the moopish consulate has come about?

  7. Hidden-Syndicate

    The American embassy museum in Tangier is very cool and touches on interesting developments in the relationship, including some dicey interactions during the American Civil War

  8. Prisondawg

    Morocco: “Congrats on moving out, we should chill some time”

  9. StopStalkingMeFam

    Morocco has some of the loveliest people you will ever meet (once you get out of big city centers with hyper-aggressive hagglers). The smells, the way time seemed to follow different rules, the food…it’s one of the only places I have travelled that I would go as far to describe it as “magical”.

  10. LiamtheV

    Also, reinforces the separation of Church and State:

    “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”

  11. dgmilo8085

    The Wiki article (and the title of this post) need to be updated as the treaty is still in existence therefore it should be 244 years not 232.

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