Suez Canal

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Napolean and Egypt

1798

Napoleon Bonaparte conducted an expedition to Egypt

Napolean's Idea

1799

Miscalculation in measurement

Ferdinand de Lesseps

1853

Convinced Egypt to help build the Suez Canal.

Universal Suez Ship Canal Company

1858

Given the right to start the builiding process.

Construction of Canal

1859

April 25, 1859

Completion of Suez Canal

1869

Four years behind schedule. On November 17, 1869, the Canal was opened to navigation.

Improvements to the Canal

1876

British Invasion

1882

The British invaded invaded Egypt.

Anglo-Egyptian Treaty

1936

British Military Base on the Suez Canal

1951

80,000 troops stationed along the Suez Canal making it the largest military base in the world.

Attacks on British Soldiers

1951 - 1952

30 killed, 60 wounded

Suez Canal War

1956

Egyptians Gain Control of Suez Canal

1957

Modern Day Suez Canal

1975 - 2013