After managing to impose the 1856 Treaty on Morocco by exerting pressure and making threats, the British Government responded to the request made by the English merchants doing business with Morocco, and appointed professional consuls in the Moroccan ports. The first task which was entrusted to them was to make a detailed report about the areas falling under their consular jurisdiction. These reports are remarkable for the way they varied according to the importance of the district concerned. They were long and detailed when dealing with regions like Tangier, Rabat or Essaouira, and relatively short with regard to the other ports and the surrounding countryside.