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 (syo͞o′tə, thĕ′o͞o-tä, sĕ′-)
A Spanish city of northwest Africa, an enclave in Morocco on the Strait of Gibraltar. A flourishing trade city under the Arabs, it was taken by the Portuguese in 1415 and passed to Spain in 1580.


(Spanish ˈθeuta)
(Placename) an enclave in Morocco on the Strait of Gibraltar, consisting of a port and military station: held by Spain since 1580. Pop: 74 931 (2003 est)


(ˈseɪ u tə, -tɑ)

a seaport and enclave of Spain in N Morocco, on the Strait of Gibraltar. 71,403.
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I will add," I continued, "that a similar barrier exists between Gibraltar and Ceuta, which in geological times formed the entire Mediterranean.
For instance, being captured, tried, and sentenced to what they call 'the galleys,' in Ceuta.
It is not known how he made contact with the unnamed Moroccan girl who tried to smuggle him into Ceuta.
It is not known how he contacted the unnamed Moroccan girl who tried to smuggle him into Ceuta.
Authorities in Ceuta, an autonomous Spanish city bordering Morocco, declined to comment.
Spain is setting up new offices to process asylum claims at Ceuta andMelilla's borders.
Spain's interior ministry said four women, one of them a minor, and three men were arrested in Barcelona, Spain's North African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, and in the nearby Moroccan town of Fnideq, or Castillejos in Spanish.
Ironically, Ceuta and Melilla function much on the same Finders, Keepers principle as Gibraltar, a disputed peninsula and military strongpoint in the south of the Iberian Peninsula that has been under British control for 300 years--to the dismay of the Spanish who have repeatedly called for its annexation.
Yet, arriving to the outskirts of Ceuta and Melilla is not met with the same disgruntlement, as the attempt to storm a fictive border separating the historical and geographic dimension of the two cities as the last point in Africa, and their reality as territories which Spain considers to be affiliated with it on the southern bank of the Mediterranean Sea.
Paul Pann It never seems to be mentioned in these reports that Spain has two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla which are also disputed.
A Spanish policeman at the Tarajal border checkpoint, in Ceuta.