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Treaty of Peace with Morocco


The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Washington, D.C., on 5/6/1994 and 5/11/1994, provided two letters in response to a request from Yusef Ali, Grand Sheikh of the Moorish Mosque in Brooklyn, New York for information on letters exchanged between George Washington, President of the United States of America and His Imperial Majesty Mohammed Ibn Abd Allah (H.M. Mohammed III), Emperor of Morocco.


In his letter, George Washington proposed to the Emperor of Morocco that he enter into a Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the United States of America and he also asked the Emperor to intercede with the authorities in Tunis and Tripoli to obtain the right of free navigation for American ships in the Mediterranean.

In his letter to George Washington, Mohammed III, the Emperor of Morocco acknowledged receipt of his letter  and informed him that it was Morocco’s intention to maintain peaceful relations with the United States of America. The Emperor confirmed that he had contacted Tunis and Tripoli regarding the President’s request.

The Treaty of Peace and Friendship established between H.M. Mohammed III, the Emperor of Morocco and the United States of America, which is confirmed, and which was ordered to be written in the book, and sealed with the royal seal, at the court of Morocco, on the twenty-fifth day of the blessed month of Shaban, in the year one thousand two hundred. The Treaty was signed and sealed by the Ministers Plenipotentiary, John Adams in London on January 25, 1787 and by Thomas Jefferson in Paris on January 1, 1787. The Treaty was Ratified by the United States in Congress assembled on July 18, 1787.

Links to the above-mentioned documents

  • Correspondence between Moorish Mosque and the Moroccan embassy in Washington, D.C. (read)

  • Text of the Letter from Mohammed III of Morocco to George Washington (read)

  • Text of the Letter from George Washington to Emperor Mohammed III of Morocco (original) (text)

  • Text of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship (read)

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