Morocco arrests Confederate diplomats.

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In 1862 when the American consul to the Kindom of Morocco heard Henry Myers and Tom Tate Turbstat insulted the United States, he asked that they be arrested. When the Morocco arrested them it caused some international problems. Raphael Semmes asked any Europen diplomat he could find in the Kingdom of Morocco to help get them resealed the Moroccans refused. Both the British and the French would not intervene as they did not recognize the Confederates as a nation.

Europeans living in Morocco staged a small riot, but the Moroccans were unmoved and and the captives were loaded aboard a US ship to be sent to prison in the US.

Lincoln ordered the prisoners be released rather than be sent to a US prison. Morocco forbid any Confederate ship from entering any of its ports.

For forum members aware of it, the Kindom of Morocco was a close friend of the United States. It appears the Kingdom of Morocco was the first nation to recognize the US as a nation early in the American Revolution.
 

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It appears the Kingdom of Morocco was the first nation to recognize the US as a nation early in the American Revolution.
Indeed. That was by the Moroccan/American Treaty of Friendship signed by future US Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1777.

Interestingly, Morocco was at war with Spain since 1860, so I wonder whether there was some expectation of US involvement there, based on this action.
 
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In 1861 we had a naval fleet in the Mediterranean commanded by Flag Officer Charles Bell. He was ordered in April and May of 1861 to bring the fleet into New York. At the time our fleet was witnessing a disturbance at Messina, Italy and the Sardinians. Also we were sailing the waters off Liberia looking for slave traders. Many ports of interest are mentioned by Flag Officer Bell, including Tunis, Cagliari, Spezia, Leghorn and Genoa. Also Cadiz and Gibraltar for coal replenishment for crossing the ocean.
Later on May 18, 1861 he writes to the Navy Department a warning of leaving the Mediterranean exposed, saying; "In ten days this ship will be on the Atlantic and then the Mediterranean will be entirely exposed to these marauders. There are now six American vessels in this port. I left several at Leghorn, and there are probably a number at Marseilles and Malaga."
I had not read of any mention of Morocco nor had I any knowledge of its existence. I am happy you brought it to light.
Time for the World Atlas, thanks;
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In 1862 when the American consul to the Kindom of Morocco heard Henry Myers and Tom Tate Turbstat insulted the United States, he asked that they be arrested. When the Morocco arrested them it caused some international problems. Raphael Semmes asked any Europen diplomat he could find in the Kingdom of Morocco to help get them resealed the Moroccans refused. Both the British and the French would not intervene as they did not recognize the Confederates as a nation.

Europeans living in Morocco staged a small riot, but the Moroccans were unmoved and and the captives were loaded aboard a US ship to be sent to prison in the US.

Lincoln ordered the prisoners be released rather than be sent to a US prison. Morocco forbid any Confederate ship from entering any of its ports.

For forum members aware of it, the Kindom of Morocco was a close friend of the United States. It appears the Kingdom of Morocco was the first nation to recognize the US as a nation early in the American Revolution.
Very interesting and not well known incident. Some of our fellow poster's cite the UK and France having de facto recognition of the Confederacy . Certainly not seeing any evidence of that.
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Indeed. That was by the Moroccan/American Treaty of Friendship signed by future US Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1777.

Interestingly, Morocco was at war with Spain since 1860, so I wonder whether there was some expectation of US involvement there, based on this action.
Trivia: That Moroccan/American Treaty of Friendship is still in force (with a few changes over the centuries), the longest continually active Treaty in US history. It is not signed until 1786, however; the 1777 date is when the Sultan opened Morrocco's ports to US shipping. IIRR, the Moroccan/American Treaty of Friendship is the third one signed by the US, with the other two having ended.
 

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In 1862 when the American consul to the Kindom of Morocco heard Henry Myers and Tom Tate Turbstat insulted the United States, he asked that they be arrested. When the Morocco arrested them it caused some international problems. Raphael Semmes asked any Europen diplomat he could find in the Kingdom of Morocco to help get them resealed the Moroccans refused. Both the British and the French would not intervene as they did not recognize the Confederates as a nation.

Europeans living in Morocco staged a small riot, but the Moroccans were unmoved and and the captives were loaded aboard a US ship to be sent to prison in the US.

Lincoln ordered the prisoners be released rather than be sent to a US prison. Morocco forbid any Confederate ship from entering any of its ports.

For forum members aware of it, the Kindom of Morocco was a close friend of the United States. It appears the Kingdom of Morocco was the first nation to recognize the US as a nation early in the American Revolution.
Here is a New York Times piece about the incident: The Moroccan Front.

According to that, Henry Myers and Tom Tate Turbstat were officers from the Confederate Sumter, which was in port at Gibraltar for repairs. They took a steamer to Cadiz to look for coal, but the steamer made a stop in Tangiers. They went ashore and the US Consul descended on them with some Moroccan police.
 

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Here is a New York Times piece about the incident: The Moroccan Front.

According to that, Henry Myers and Tom Tate Turbstat were officers from the Confederate Sumter, which was in port at Gibraltar for repairs. They took a steamer to Cadiz to look for coal, but the steamer made a stop in Tangiers. They went ashore and the US Consul descended on them with some Moroccan police.
Thank you for posting this.
 
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Thank you for posting this.
Here is a New York Times piece about the incident: The Moroccan Front.

According to that, Henry Myers and Tom Tate Turbstat were officers from the Confederate Sumter, which was in port at Gibraltar for repairs. They took a steamer to Cadiz to look for coal, but the steamer made a stop in Tangiers. They went ashore and the US Consul descended on them with some Moroccan police.
In short they were NOT "diplomats."
 
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In 1862 when the American consul to the Kindom of Morocco heard Henry Myers and Tom Tate Turbstat insulted the United States, he asked that they be arrested. When the Morocco arrested them it caused some international problems. Raphael Semmes asked any Europen diplomat he could find in the Kingdom of Morocco to help get them resealed the Moroccans refused. Both the British and the French would not intervene as they did not recognize the Confederates as a nation.

Europeans living in Morocco staged a small riot, but the Moroccans were unmoved and and the captives were loaded aboard a US ship to be sent to prison in the US.

Lincoln ordered the prisoners be released rather than be sent to a US prison. Morocco forbid any Confederate ship from entering any of its ports.

For forum members aware of it, the Kindom of Morocco was a close friend of the United States. It appears the Kingdom of Morocco was the first nation to recognize the US as a nation early in the American Revolution.
Very interesting article !

This is the the first I've ever heard of this incident.
 


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