1856 EGYPT

1856 EGYPT.
Opening of the suez canal.

Before the construction of the suez canal, all ships sailing from Europe to the east had to go round the stormy cape of good hope in South Africa.
In 1856, the ruler of Egypt, granted the French ambassador, Ferdinand de Lesseps, permission to build a canal that would join the Meditteranean Sea with the famous Red sea.
1.5 million Egyptian labourers are said to have been forced to work on this project and they took 11 years to dig the canal.
The first ship sailed through the canal in 1869.



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