In the South-Western section of the Medina of Tangier, not far from the rue du Portugal, an odd-looking building straddles the street. The Legation of the United States has been installed at this address since 1821. Morocco was the first country to recognise the independence of the United States in 1776, and is therefore home to this first official representation of the USA on foreign territory.
It was closed in 1961 and transformed into a museum. The American Legation contains many unique documents related to life in Tangier in the past. The fabulous drawings by artists having stayed in Tangier – such as Eugène Delacroix or Oskar Kokoschka – are of particular note.