What friends are for:
An American soldier next to some Moroccan workers, 1918.
Despite the widespread claim that France was the first nation to recognize us during our fight for freedom, that honor actually goes to Morocco, who did so in December 1777. This was crucial because American shipping was able to use Moroccan ports, as well as enjoy their protection along nearby trade routes when trade was just about the one thing the young country was good at.
From that point thereafter, American-Moroccan relations could be said to be some of the best that the U.S had enjoyed throughout its history. In WW1, Moroccan troops fought side by side with Americans at 2nd Marne, which was the first and best American campaign of the war, beating back the last German offensive and helping to bring the war to a close. The U.S would arguably repay the favor lent to us in 1777 when in 1942, American troops landed to liberate the country from the Nazis. Even today, Morocco is arguably our most valuable and proactive player in the war on terror, providing counterterrorism operations, intelligence, and even spies for American operations.
I think this is really cool history that not many people know about, so go Morocco!