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Rabat, population 787,745 (1994), is the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Bou Regreg[?] estuary. Unfortunately, silting problems have diminished the city's role as a port, but it maintains an important textile industry.

There have been settlements on the site since ancient times. It became a Muslim fortress circa 700. Prior to Moroccan independence in 1956, Rabat was capital of the French protectorate of Morocco.

Muhammad V University[?] is located in the city.

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