Suez Canal | Artificial Waterway of Egypt

The Suez Canal is an ancient Egyptian design since the early Egyptians were able to link the Mediterranean with the Red Sea via the eternal Nile River. Discover more interesting information about one of the most significant corridors in the world with Cairo Top Tours!

It is well noted in history that Egypt was the first country to dig a canal across its land with a view to activate world trade. The Suez Canal is supposed to be the shortest link between the east and the west due to its unique geographic location; it is an important international navigation canal.

The Egyptians were historically famous for the excavation of canals, still from the pharaonic era. Already in the seventh century B.C., the 26th dynasty King Necho II connected the Nile with the Red Sea through an east-west oriented channel, reopened and strengthened by the Arab colonizers to strengthen the commercial relations between the new territories of the Nile and the motherland.

The first to consider a canal going from the South to the North was in the Venetians, who in the Middle Ages began the ideal project to cut the Suez peninsula and connect the Mediterranean with the Red Sea.

The canal was ignored and buried by the sand and it was reopened by the Arabs during the reign of the Caliph Omar Ibn El- Khattab and again it was forgotten and no more heard about.

The modern Suez Canal is created using forced labor, with hundreds of thousands of Egyptian peasants who were recruited compulsory to dig the canal. Egypt paid a very unusual price for digging the Suez Canal.

The canal remained mostly French and English owned for another 86 years, until Egyptian President Gamal Abd en-Nasser nationalized it in 1956, to obtain the funds necessary for the construction of the High Dam in Aswan.
The idea came back to be discussed in modern times during the Napoleonic expedition in1798. Though this program was begun in 1799 by "Charles Le Pere" a miscalculation decided that the levels between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea were too great (Were that the Red Sea was some ten meters higher than that of the Mediterranean Sea) and industry was quickly stopped.

When subsequent studies revealed that the two seas were nevertheless on the same level, the young French vice-consul Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805-1894), after numerous problems, finally began to dig in April 1859.

During a speech in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, on July 26, 1956, leader Gamal Abdel Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal amid deteriorating English-Egyptian relations. During the speech, the Egyptian leader pronounced the word "de lips" several times. It was this term that made the army and the chief engineers begin seizing and nationalizing the canal.


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