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Spain’s territories in Morocco, intriguing «geographical curiosities»

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Borders can also be mysterious and in his book «The Atlas of Unusual Borders» (Collins), Serbian writer Zoran Nikolic highlights these mysteries, the Daily Mail reports.

«The world is not always what we think it is. This book presents unusual borders, enclaves and exclaves, divided or non-existent cities and islands. Numerous conflicts have left countries divided and often shattered. Remnants of countries can by design or accident be left behind as a legal anomaly in this complex world», he wrote in a summary for his book.

«Most people believe that a country’s borders are clearly defined: just lines that separate countries. Everything on one side of the line belongs to one country and everything on the other side belongs to another country. This might be the case most of the time, but there are unusual exceptions to this unwritten rule».

Zoran Nikolic

Among the astonishing revelations that this book contains is related to «Spain’s controversial territories in Morocco».

According to the same source, these borders «are essentially leftovers from Spain’s war with Muslim forces in the 15th and 16th centuries, when Spanish generals took strategic pieces of land as their enemies retreated into Africa, partly for monitoring purposes».

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