Castelo Real of Mogador, Essaouira, Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco 

Castelo Real was a Portuguese castle established in Mogador, modern Essaouira (Morocco), by the Portuguese in 1506.

Mogador was the natural port of the city of Marrakesh and a place where attacks against the Portuguese ships departed , according to Damião de Góis. Its occupation would reinforce the military situation of Santa Cruz do Cabo Guer , built a year earlier, and establish a presence near the factory of Safim , created in 1471, already anticipating its conquest. The cereal wealth of this area would be another factor of interest for Portugal.

The fortress, named after the Royal Castle of Mogador , was to be built in that year of 1506, but Portugal could only maintain it until 1510.

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