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25/04/1859 Construction of Suez Canal starts

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Why is the Suez Canal a big deal? Explained in 60 secs - BBC News

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Video: How the Suez Canal made history

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Money Talks: The History of Suez Canal

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The Suez Canal: A History of War

The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez. The waterway was constructed by the Suez Canal Company between 1859 and 1869. The work started on the shore of the future Port Said.
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    • Essentials 

    • Precursors 

    • Second millennium BC 

    • Canals dug by Necho, Darius I and Ptolemy 

    • Receding Red Sea and the dwindling Nile 

    • Old Cairo to the Red Sea 

    • Repair by al-Ḥākim 

    • Conception by Venice 

    • Ottoman attempts 

    • Napoleon's discovery of an ancient canal 

    • Interim period 

    • Preparations (1854–1858) 

    • Construction (1859–1869) 

    • Inauguration (17 November 1869) 

    • Initial difficulties (1869–1871) 

    • Growth and reorganisation 

    • Suez Crisis 

    • Arab–Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973 

    • Mine clearing operations (1974–75) 

    • UN presence 

    • Bypass expansion 

    • 2021 obstruction by ''Ever Given'' 

    • Timeline 

    • Layout and operation 

    • Capacity 

    • Navigation 

    • Operation 

    • Canal crossings 

    • Economic impact 

    • Cape Agulhas 

    • Northern Sea Route 

    • Cape Horn 

    • Negev desert railway 

    • Environmental impact 

    • Suez Canal Economic Zone