Ferdinand de Lesseps

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French diplomat who supervised the construction of the Suez Canal (1805-1894)

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In the 1850s and 1860s, of what did Ferdinand de Lesseps mastermind the construction?
Ferdinand de Lesseps, architect of the Suez Canal, began a sea-level canal with no locks in Panama in the 1880s, only to be defeated by disease, poor planning and a lack of money.
Monsieur Ferdinand de Lesseps described his plan for a "ship canal across the Isthmus of Suez", and Dr Livingstone "explained the course of his travels and the advantages to commerce which might be expected from further explorations".
History recorded that in 1884, Ferdinand de Lesseps took 500 young French engineers to Panama to supervise the construction project that he predicted would last 3 years.
The Suez Canal idea, which began with Napoleon Bonaparte, was kept alive by a curious utopian cult before being taken up by the French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps.
VINCI Public Limited Company ("Societe Anonyme") with capital stock of 828,733,670 euros Head Office: 1, cours Ferdinand de Lesseps - 92851 Rueil Malmaison Cedex - France Company Register ROCS Nanterre B 552 037 806 CONSOLIDATED NET SALES AT 31 DECEMBER 2002 (provisional figures) (in millions of euros) 31 December 31 December Variation 2002 2001 2002/2001 actual like- for-like CONSOLIDATED NET SALES Concessions and services 1,849.
In the late 1800s, the Frenchman who had built the Suez Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps, had hoped to become an even greater hero of the times by connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific through what was then Colombia.
The French effort in Panama had ended in a scandal of greed and deceit that had ruined men such as Ferdinand de Lesseps, builder of the Suez Canal, Gustave Eiffel, engineer of the Eiffel Tower, and four-time French premier Charles de Freycinet.
Ferdinand de Lesseps presided over inauguration of the statue, the occasion of an enormous celebration in the summer of 1879.
So said the Frenchman Count Ferdinand de Lesseps at the dedication ceremonies of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886.
Location of works, place of delivery supplies or performance: CTI NPNP Les Terrasses sur Seine - Building D - Mail Andree Putman - Boulevard Ferdinand de Lesseps 76000 Rouen
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CAIRO: In the middle of the Sinai desert on April 25, 1859, Ferdinand de Lesseps, a French vice-consul in Egypt, told Egyptian peasants, "You will dig with your pickaxes, and you will bring prosperity to your families and your country.
I spent some leave at Port Said and I used to walk along the breakwater and gaze in admiration at the port's signature landmark - the colossal statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps the French architect of the canal.
The nation that bred Ferdinand de Lesseps (then abandoned ownership of his Suez Canal when it went bust) holds civil engineers in huge regard and thrills routinely to 'grands projets'.