Suez Canal


At this time, Pharaoh Senusret III possibly built a canal that connected the Red Sea and the Nile River.

1850 bce

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.

1798 ce

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.

1847 ce

Planning for the Suez Canal began.

1854 ce

Ismail Pasha suddenly banned the use of forced labor, which caused a shortage in workers.

1863 ce

A French sculpter tried convincing the Egyption government to allow him to build a sculpture in the Mediterranean entrance of the canal.

1869 ce

The Egyptian government auctioned off its shares.

1875 ce

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi showed off a version of his statue in New York Harbor. This statue is now known as the Statue of Liberty.

1886 ce

Egypt gained its independence.

1922 ce

Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyption President, nationalized the Suez Canal. Also, An attack was launched om Egypt by Israel, Britain and France.

1956 ce