Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

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William Willshire

William Willshire (1790-1851)
He was a British consul established as the foremost European merchant in Mogador, which was at that time an important trading port linking Saharan and Sub-Saharan Africa to Europe and North America. Today Willshire is best remembered as the man who redeemed, cared for and helped repatriate hundreds of Western sailors enslaved in the Sultanate of Morocco during the early part of the 19th century, including Captain James Riley, and Captain Alexander Scott, both of whom would later write and publish harrowing accounts of their hardships endured as slaves in the desert.

Read also about Joseph Dupuis (1789-1874) He devoted much of his life to freeing Christian slaves in North Africa and was vicekonsul in Mogador and in partnership with William Willshire and the one who recommended him as British vice-consul at Mogador.

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"As British influence in Mogador became particularly dominant from the 18th century, English schools flourished there, including those of the London-based Anglo-Jewish Association and the Board of Deputies for British Jewry. The schools helped spread the English language and culture among the Jews."

"As British influence declined in the town after 1912, the Alliance schools and those of the Protectorate, which propagated French influences, emerged supreme and oriented local Jews toward new cultural currents. "

See also Jews and The French

William Hughes, British Vice Consul to Mogador (Essaouira), Morocco between 1814-1844.




The sultan and Queen Victoria

A certain foreign gentleman wanted, ironically, to know if Mogador belonged to the Sultan or to Queen Victoria. The response, with hand on heart, was ‘Bijujhum ya señor’—‘To both, sir’.
R. I. N. Johnston
Morocco: The Land of the Setting Sun
London, 1912. P. 40

The British Consulat

The former British consulate is situated in the Kasbah at Rue Laalouj.

Locate this sight on the Map of Essaouira Medina

Carriage was offered by Queen Victoria to the Sultan of Morocco

This carriage of the Alaouite crown was offered by Queen Victoria to the Sultan of Morocco.



In 1890, the English let build the famous hotel The Green Palm House or La Palmera It is situated about 8 km south of Essaouira with a fantasic sea view and it was known by all tourists by that time. It was closed down in 1905 and today the buildings are ruins.

La Palmera



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