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American Legation

Tangier, Morocco
County of Tangiers, Morocco.
8 Zankat America (Rue d'Amerique)
National Register Number: 81000703
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Government - diplomatic building. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museum and study center.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 17, 1982):
An elaborate Moorish-style building of stuccoed masonry, this complex structure contains the two-story mud and stone building presented to the U.S. in 1821 by Sultan Moulay Suliman. The first property acquired abroad by the U.S. Government, it housed the U.S. Legation and Consulate for 140 years, the longest period any building abroad has been occupied as a U.S. diplomatic post. It is symbolic of the 1786 Morocco-U.S. treaty of friendship, which is still in force today. During World War II it served as headquarters for U.S. intelligence agents.

The American Legation in Morocco (TALM) took over the building after it had been neglected for a number of years. TALM rehabilitated the building and now uses it as a center for the stucy of Morocco.

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