vrijdag 23 januari 2015



Sallustius (1st cent.BC) called this coast of Algeria from Rachgoun to the mouth of the Oued Moulouya in this way (inhospitable/coast with no harbour).  However, Teissier says he found a Phoenician village in Sidi Samegram (Rev.Afr.1927, p.258). I can’t find this place on any chart now. G.Vuillemot searched along this coast in the places at Honein, Isle of Mokreum, Nemours and Port Say, but he found hardly anything, that looked like Phoenician or Punic. Perhaps there is an exception in Honein, but even that is not certain. These places have now other names: Hona├»ne (Honein) and Ghazaouet (Nemours). In antiquity the Oued Moulouya was called: MVLVCHA or MALVA FLVMEN. Honein got the Roman name: CYPSARIA PORTUS. Nemours was called AD FRATRES.
Now the coast stretches out over a distance of c.80 Km. It is therefore plausible that there was at least one port of call. Halfway Honein or Nemours would be the most acceptable locations for it.
Close to the mouth of the Oued Moulouya we find the Chafarinas islands. Those are difficult to enter for ships. They must have been used only in case of emergency. We arrived at last in Morocco now. Here ends the eminent work of Vuillemot and starts that of Montalban.


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