Morning at the Docks
Essaouira was formerly known as Mogador, and was considered one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast. The present city was built during the mid-eighteenth century by the Moroccan king, Mohammed III. One of his objectives was to establish a harbor at the closest possible point to Marrakech. Up until the nineteenth century, Essaouira was Morocco’s principal port and was driven by the caravan trade. The route brought goods from sub-Saharan Africa to Timbuktu, then through the desert and over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Essaouira’s location near Marrakech proved to be a valuable strategy until modern day ships required deeper ports.
On this particular morning the fog had rolled in heavily and stayed over the coastline most of the day.