Gunboat SMS Panther

The Agadir Crisis, or the Second Moroccan Crisis, was an international incident sparked by the Kaiser despatching the gunboat Panther to the Moroccan port of Agadir on 1 July 1911. The visit was, ostensibly, to protect the lives of German citizens and deter the French from annexing Morocco. The visit was interpreted by the French as an attempt to subvert agreements reached at the Algeciras Conference. It was also perceived by Britain as a threat to Gibraltar and British trade routes in the area. The crisis ended with Germany's acceptance of territory in the Congo in return for recognition of France's claim to Morocco.

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