Agadez
(City)
   The mud-walled city of Agadez lies in the far upper reach of the Republic of Niger, below the foothills of the Aïr Massif and west of the Tenere Sand Sea. It is the capital of Aïr, a historically major Tuareg town, and also the name of Niger's northern département. Established in 1430, the town's name is derived from the Berber term "Tadakest," meaning "visitor's meeting place." Given its remote location in the Sahara Desert, the town developed as a major caravan trade entrepôt and slave market in the 16th century. For more than 500 years, Agadez has been a crossroads for Berbers and sub-Saharan Africans, Arab traders, and European explorers, a place of Ghanaian gold and Makkan pilgrims, Barbary horses, and Ottoman brocades. The town is famous for its 16thcentury mosque and its 26.82-meter spiked minaret. With the discovery of uranium in the region, the town's population rose to about 30,000. During the Sahel droughts of the 1970s, the arrival of nomadic refugees caused a dramatic population increase to about 105,000. See also AGADEZ (Département).

Historical Dictionary of the Berbers (Imazighen) . . 2014.

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  • Agadez — Infobox Settlement official name = Agadez other name = native name = nickname = settlement type = motto = imagesize = 300px image caption = View of Agadez, from mosque s minaret flag size = image seal size = image shield = shield size = city logo …   Wikipedia

  • Agadez — Moschee von Agadez …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Agadez — 16° 58′ 00″ N 7° 59′ 00″ E / 16.966667, 7.983333 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Agadez — Ubicación de Agadez en Níger. Agadez (también llamada Agadés) es una ciudad situada en el desierto del Sahara, en el centro de Níger en la región denominada Azbine. Es la capital de Aïr y del departamento de Agadez. La ciudad tiene una población… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Agadez — ▪ Niger also spelled  Agades,    town, central Niger, at the southern edge of the Aïr massif. Agadez is a market town at a crossroads, 460 miles (740 km) northeast of Niamey, the national capital. Once the seat of a Tuareg sultanate (dating from… …   Universalium

  • Agadez — Original name in latin Agadez Name in other language Agades, Agadez, Agadz, a jia de zi State code NE Continent/City Africa/Niamey longitude 16.97333 latitude 7.99111 altitude 505 Population 124324 Date 2013 07 04 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Agadèz — ► Departamento del O de Níger; 714 790 km2 y 203 959 h. Cap., la c. homónima (20 643). Rutas de caravanas …   Enciclopedia Universal

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