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African territories that are under tight European control

July 08, 2019 at 07:30 am | Opinions & Features

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey | Contributor

July 08, 2019 at 07:30 am | Opinions & Features

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Spanish North Africa

Literally translating to “sovereign territories” and referred to in English as Spanish North Africa or simply Spanish Africa, the Plazas de Soberanía are the current Spanish territories in North Africa bordering Morocco. These territories have been a part of Spain since the formation of the modern country in the 15th century and include the Islas Alhucemas, Islas Chafarinas, Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, Isla Pereji and Isla de Alboran. Each of these territories is either used as a military post by Spain or is uninhabited. Morocco claims sovereignty over the Spanish North African territories and has continuously requested that Spain relinquishes them to no avail.

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