The sultan Ahmed El Mansour is called “Ed
Dehdi”: gilded because he invaded Arabic Soudane
(country of the blacks) and brought back gold and thousands
of slaves who then were used building the palaces.
It is said that the sugar was
exchanged in Italy against Carrara marble being used for decoration
of the Moroccan palaces.
The sugar refinery was in use
from 1578 to 1603 til the death of the sultan.
Sultan Ahmed el Mansour
also constructed the Saadian Tombs in Marrakech
during his rule of Morocco. It is a burial ground for himself
and his descendants. About two hundred members of the Saadian
dynasty are buried there including Sultan Ahmed el Mansour
who was laid to rest in 1603.