Document ReferenceBu 44/43
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 13 Oct 1859.
Date13 October 1859
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionStates that any delay in an invasion of Morocco would be short lived and that O'Donnell wished to pursue Spanish ambitions in Africa; discusses anti-Moroccan propaganda in Spain dating back to the Crusades; discusses the events leading up to the present state of affairs including attacks by the Moors on Ceuta and the death of the old Sultan; comments on the influence of the military on the Spanish Government and states that several ministers thought a war with Morocco would be bad for the economic development of Spain and the construction of the railways; informs him that the Sultan of Morocco could not control tribes which regularly attacked both Spanish and French garrisons and feels Britain should oppose Spanish ambitions in Africa which were against British interests.
Termtransport, railways
economy, Spanish
propaganda, Spanish
religious affairs, Crusades
Moroccan affairs, 'Moroccan Question'
politics, Spanish
colonial affairs, Spanish

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6254Abd ar-Rahman (d 1859); Sultan of Morocco; ( succeeded 1822)d 1859
NA6302Muhammad IV (d 1873); Sultan of Morocco; ( succeeded 1859)d 1873
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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