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Straits of Gibraltar

This is Morocco as viewed from Spain. The two countries are so close, the Straits (at this narrow point) appear merely as waterway dividing an otherwise singular landmass. No wonder this frontier was crossed so easily back and forth during the medieval period. As a medieval Andalusi poet once said: “It is as if the Ocean were a pavement for our steeds with the seaweed bearing the chargers up as if the two shores were joined together, and all had become a single causeway to tread”

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