El Jadida is a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, in the province of El Jadida. It has a population of 144,440 (2004 census). From the sea, El Jadida's old city; has a very 'un-Moorish' appearance; it has massive Portuguese walls of hewn stone. El Jadida, previously known as Mazagan (Portuguese: Mazago), was seized in 1502 by the Portuguese, and they controlled this city until 1769, when they abandoned Mazago. Its inhabitants were evacuated to the Portuguese colony of Brazil, where they founded new settlement Nova Mazago (now in Amap). El Jadida was then taken over by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah. El Jadida fortified town. Manueline cistern of the El Jadida fortress.
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