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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

August 4th, 1578 - The Battle of Al Kasr al Kebir

Conflict: Moroccan-Portuguese War

Combatants: Moroccans vs. Portuguese

Location: Morocco

Outcome: Moroccan victory

In 1578, King Sebastian I of Portugal personally led an army in conquest of Morocco. The venture, however, ended in disaster when his army was destroyed at Al Kasr al Kebir. Sebastian himself and the King of Fez were killed in the battle.

Cena da Batalha de Alcácer Quibir by unknown artist

Points of Interest:

  • The pretender to the throne of Fez, allied with Sebastian, was also killed in this battle.

  • Sebastian's death led to a brief war of succession from which Phillip II rose to the throne of Portugal.

Sebastian I of Portugal by Pieter Pourbus

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