Why Was Morocco First to Recognize USA?

By Bill Federer
Guest Blogger

“The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco,” stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.

In 1625, Governor William Bradford wrote of a Pilgrim ship returning to England with dried fish and beaver skins to trade for supplies:

“They…were well within the England Channel, almost in sight of Plymouth. But…there she was unhappily taken by a Turkish man-of-war and carried off to Morocco where the captain and crew were made slaves.”

Muslim pirates of Morocco raided European coasts and carried away over a million to the North African slave markets, where they also sold tens of millions of Africans into slavery.

Kidnapped Englishman Francis Knight wrote: “I arrived in Algiers, that city fatal to all Christians and the butchery of mankind.”

Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail had 500 wives and forced 25,000 white slaves to build his palace at Meknes. He was witnessed to have killed an African slave just to try out a new hatchet he was given.

The Catholic Order “Trinitarians” collected alms to ransom slaves.

In 1785, Muslims captured two American ships. Jefferson met Tripoli’s envoy in France and reported to Congress:

“The Ambassador answered us that it was…written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged Islam’s authority were sinners, that it was their…duty to make war upon them…and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners.”

During the Barbary War, Thomas Jefferson sent Marines to stop the pirates.

On Feb. 16, 1804, in what Admiral Horatio Nelson called the “most bold and daring act of the age,” Lieutenant Stephen Decatur sailed his ship, the Intrepid, into the pirate harbor, burned a ship and escaped amidst enemy fire.

The Marines later captured Tripoli and forced the Pasha to make peace on U.S. terms, giving rise to the Marine Anthem: “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you recognize the name, Bill Federer, it might be because you’ve read his book, What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an – A History of Islam & the United States. To learn more about him, click here.  To see his work daily, read the American Minute.

8 thoughts on “Why Was Morocco First to Recognize USA?

  1. The history lesson is interesting but unfortunately not very cohesive. The question remains. Why Was Morocco First to Recognize USA? I would guess because of their relations with the British empire. But nothing about that subject at all.

  2. Vankaas, I believe BMW’s post is very cohesive, and sufficiently peeks the interest of the curious with bold clues – if they’re willing to flex a little cerebral muscle to extract the obvious.

    Hint: think ‘islamic barbarians deserving of a can o’ whoop @ss.

  3. Some people just don’t get it, Bob.
    Instead of asking you or Bill Federer – this commentator should be asking Barack Obama.
    “Clueless in Washington DC” should be the identifying phrase for this 44th President. Ronald Reagan was more in tune even when he was diagnosed with AD!

  4. It’s not true what are wrting about ISLAM, i don’t know why you always try to insult muslims and Islam, because you hate ? you couldn’t change the history, why you said pirates muslims and you forget that all moroccan people are muslims

  5. it was because islamic morrocoo allied to the ottoman empire collects tribute tax or jizya from the british and by recognising America it collected tribute from the american trade vessels… islam and muslim morrocco was so strong at that time that the americas had to pay the tax to trade

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