town, northeastern Morocco, located at the juncture of the High Plateaus (Hauts Plateaux) and the northwestern edge of the Sahara. It is an oasis town, surrounded on three sides by the Algerian border. Figuig consists of seven ksars (walled villages) and lies in a basin of the Wadi Zousfana that is nearly 3,000 feet (900 metres) above sea level. In 1845, during the French conquest of Algeria, the town was designated as being within the Moroccan sphere of influence; it was conquered by French forces in 1904 and became part of the French protectorate of Morocco in 1912. The population of the villages is of mixed origin, and both Tamazight (an Amazigh (Amazigh languages) [Berber] language) and Arabic (Arabic language) are spoken. Because of disease and the high elevation of the oasis, the town's date palms are not commercially important; fruits and vegetables are grown mostly for local consumption. Water for irrigation is obtained from underground channels (foggaras) from a subterranean water table.

      The surrounding region includes a number of oases and, to the north, semiarid grazing land used by sheep and goats. The local industry includes the fashioning of pottery, the tanning of goatskins, the manufacturing of leather goods, and the weaving of fabrics. Pop. (2004) 12,577.

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