Market Scene, Tangier, Africa

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Tangier is the most important commercial city in the province of Morocco, Africa. It is a seaport on the Straits of Gibraltar (j-brl´ tår), 35 miles southwest of the city of Gibraltar. It is a city of 40,000 people of all kinds and nations. It was settled by the Phoenicians (f-nsh´ n) nobody knows when. But it was a thriving city when Augustus Caesar ruled in Rome, and at that time it belonged to the Romans. Now the province of Morocco is ruled by a native, but it is really managed by the great nations of Europe. In the picture, you are looking at the most interesting part of Tangier. This is the Outer Market. Here in a great area of rough ground just outside the gates gather crowds of natives to visit, to sell, to buy, or to be entertained. Market days are Thursdays and Saturdays. Tents of blankets and shawls are thrown up as booths or as living quarters. Women in white robes with white veils offer their goods for sale. Storytellers shout out their tales to little groups of people in the hope of earning a penny. Snake charmers show their skill. Jugglers do pretty tricks. Everywhere there is noise and jostling and dirt, all of which the Arabs, Moors, and Turks appear to enjoy. Study the people and their dress as both are pictured. Beyond the Market in the picture you see the chief buildings of the city. Tangier looks like most other northeast African cities. Its streets are narrow and dirty and its buildings flat and white. From a distance it is very beautiful with its white buildings, tall minarets (mn´ å-rt), and palm trees. The city is walled in. Why? If you look sharply you can see one of the wall-gates in the view. Tangier exports oxen, eggs, goatskins, slippers, and woolen goods. Keystone ID: 17130 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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