Agadir is a town in Morocco
, one of its main ports, about two-thirds of the way down the Atlantic coast. It was devastated by an earthquake
measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale
on 29 February 1960, with a loss of 12 000 lives. It is now a prominent beach resort, with the Atlas Mountains
The name is from the Berber Agadir n Irir, 'fortified granary'. The Kasbah dates from 1540. The Portuguese built a fortress called Santa Cruz do Cabo da Gue around then, but were expelled by sheikhs of the Saadi dynasty.
In July 1911 Germany engaged in some gunboat diplomacy, parking the Panther off Agadir to support claims for concessions in Morocco, and as a test of the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France. These countries withstood the test by jointly forcing Germany to withdraw in 1912. Germany did not gain a foothold in Morocco. This is known to history as the Agadir Crisis.