Siege of Melilla 1774 (Moroccan-Spanish War)

Since 1497 Melilla had been ruled by Spain. Sultan Mulay Muhammad ibn Abdallah of Morocco was not willing to accept Spanish rule over Melilla. He laid siege to the city in 1771 and again in from December 9th 1774 to March 19th 1775, with over 10,000 projectiles shot into Melilla. On December 25th 1780, Spain and Morocco signed the Treaty of Aranjuez, in which Spain ceded some territory to Morocco, which in turn recognized Spanish rule over the remainder of Melilla.

Article Melilla, from Encyclopedia of the Orient
Biography of Francisco de Miranda, from Venezuela Tuya, in Spanish; Miranda participated in the defense of Melilla
Melilla, from Saveur d'Espagne, in French
Casa de Melilla Virtual, in Spanish
DOCUMENTS List of Spanish Governors of Melilla, from World Statesmen by Ben Cahoon
REFERENCE Miranda, Francisco de, El sitio de Melilla : 1774-1775. 150 pp. Serie Africa propia ; no. 5. Malaga. Edit. Algazara. 1993.

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