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Battle of Azemmour


Battle of Azemmour

Battle of Azemmour
Part of Moroccan-Portuguese conflicts
Date August 28 and 29 of 1513
Location Azemmour, Morocco
Result Portuguese victory
Portuguese Empire Wattasid Morocco
Commanders and leaders
James, Duke of Braganza Moulay Zayam of Azemmour
18,000 infantry
2,450 cavalry
400 ships
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Azemmour took place in Morocco, on August 28 and 29 of 1513 between the Portuguese Empire and the Moroccan Wattasid dynasty.

Azemmour, dependent on the King of Fes, even enjoying of great autonomy, paid vassalage to the king João II of Portugal since 1486. The disagreements generated with the governor Moulay Zayam, who refused to pay tribute to Manuel I of Portugal and prepared an army to defend itself, caused King Manuel to send a fleet to that city on August 15, 1513.

On the 1 September, the Portuguese army, led by James, Duke of Braganza, took the city without resistance.

Prior to his voyage of circumnavigation, Ferdinand Magellan fought in this battle, where he received a severe knee wound. After taking leave without permission, he fell out of favor at the Portuguese royal court.

The battle resulted in the conquest of Azemmour, which was named Azamor by the Portuguese.

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