Spanish Sahara (Spanish: Sáhara Español or Sahara Español; Arabic: الصحراء الاسبانية Al-Sahrā'a Al-Isbānīyah) was the name used for the modern territory of Western Sahara when it was ruled as a territory by Spain between 1884 and 1975. The territory represented one of the last remnants of the Spanish Empire. It was abandoned following international pressure, mainly from United Nations resolutions regarding decolonisation, as well as internal pressure from native populations and the external claims of Morocco and Mauritania. Its sovereignty remains under dispute.
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