Suez Canal

  • Louis Napoleon gave his blessing to Ferdinand de Lesseps and his attempt to revive a canal from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. 
  • Lesseps produced this "Eighth Wonder of the World" by re-digging an ancient canal which had long since filled in.
  • Empress Eugenie ceremonially opened the Canal
  • The majority of the shares belonged to the Khedive of Egypt (governor).
  • Later, the British would secretly buy up a majority of the shares to the canal.  Perfidious Albion strikes again.