At this time, Pharaoh Senusret III possibly built a canal that connected the Red Sea and the Nile River.
Napoleon Bonaparte, a French military commander found that the Red Sea was at least 30 feet higher than the Mediterranean, so they thought a canal could result in horrible flooding.
Researchers confirmed that the 30 foot altitude difference between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea was not too large, so a canal could be built.
Planning for the Suez Canal began.
Ismail Pasha suddenly banned the use of forced labor, which caused a shortage in workers.
A French sculpter tried convincing the Egyption government to allow him to build a sculpture in the Mediterranean entrance of the canal.
The Egyptian government auctioned off its shares.
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi showed off a version of his statue in New York Harbor. This statue is now known as the Statue of Liberty.
Egypt gained its independence.
Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyption President, nationalized the Suez Canal. Also, An attack was launched om Egypt by Israel, Britain and France.