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A b u a l - H a s a n m a n a g e d to r e u n i t e M o r o c c o a n d r e g a i n d o m i n i o n over t h e e n t i r e M a g h r e b ( B r i g n o n et al. 1967). H e even r e e n t e r e d t h e holy w a r in Spain, b u t with d i s a p p o i n t i n g results. O f special interest for t h e r e g i o n of Q s a r es-Seghir was A b u a l - H a s a n ' s investments in Sebta a n d its e n v i r o n s . Sebta's fortifications w e r e u p d a t e d in 1333, a n d d u r i n g his reign, m a n y e l a b o r a t e h o u s e h o l d s w e r e built in t h e n e i g h b o r i n g valley of B e l y o u n e c h (see T e r r a s s e , 1977, for s u m m a r y of excavations t h e r e ) .

C o m p a r a t i v e stylistic analysis of t h e p l a n s a n d d e c o r a ­ tion of t h e gates, m o s q u e , a n d hammam a r e all consistent with this posi- PORTUGUESE INTERVENTION IN THE MAGHREB 31 tion (see C h a p t e r 3). T h e c o n s t r u c t i o n of t h e s e m o n u m e n t s a n d t h e i r elaborate imperial style d o c u m e n t t h e close association of Q s a r es-Seghir with M a r i n i d dynastic a u t h o r i t y in Fez. H o w e v e r , i m p e r i a l i n v e s t m e n t by t h e Marinids p r o b a b l y d i d n o t c o n t i n u e for long, d i m i n i s h i n g as t h e i r i m m e d i a t e participation in t h e S p a n i s h wars e b b e d .

T h e k i n g n a m e d D o m D u a r t e d e Meneses as Q s a r es-Seghir's first g o v e r n o r a n d r e n a m e d t h e c o m m u n i t y Alcacer C e g u e r . H e left a small g a r r i s o n of soldiers a n d a PORTUGUESE INTERVENTION IN THE MAGHREB 3 7 p r o m i s e of f u t u r e supplies a n d m a n p o w e r . W i t h t h a t , Alfonso a n d his fleet r e t u r n e d p r o u d l y to C e u t a . D o m D u a r t e a n d his m e n i m m e d i a t e l y set a b o u t s t r e n g t h e n i n g t h e fortifications of t h e i r n e w o u t p o s t .

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