Fodor's Expert Review Tangier American Legation
As the first American public property outside of the United States, the Tangier American Legation pays testament to the long-standing relationship between Morocco and the United States. Since the building was donated to the U.S. government by Sultan Moulay Suliman in 1821, the museum has amassed a large collection of paintings, books, maps, and portraits. In the adjoining Forbes Museum, not-to-be-missed miniature depictions of famous battles take place daily. Other displays showcase the original correspondence between George Washington and the sultan, honoring the 1777 recognition of the United States by the Moroccan head of state. There's also an amusing letter home from a panicked ambassador who was given an unusual goodwill gift of friendship by the Moroccan people: a now-extinct Barbary lion.