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City in western Morocco with 290,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), situated on the Atlantic Ocean.
It is the capital of Doukkala-Abda region with 2 million inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 13,285 km²
The economic base of Safi is fishing, and Safi is Morocco's most important fishing port of Morocco. Pottery is widely produced here, aiming at the domestic market. Phosphates are exported by Safi.
Ancient times: Safi's port was used by the Phoenicians, as well as the Romans.
12th century: Religious and cultural centre founded by the Almohads.
1508: The Portuguese arrives. They build a fortress to the sea, which still stand.
1541: The Portuguese abandons Safi.
1912: Safi comes under French control, along with the rest of Morocco.
1956: The city becomes part of independent Morocco.