Napoleon Bonaparte conducted an expedition to Egypt
Miscalculation in measurement
Convinced Egypt to help build the Suez Canal.
Given the right to start the builiding process.
April 25, 1859
Four years behind schedule. On November 17, 1869, the Canal was opened to navigation.
The British invaded invaded Egypt.
30 killed, 60 wounded
80,000 troops stationed along the Suez Canal making it the largest military base in the world.