The French government had great success in opening up trade routes to Asia via the Suez Canal. In the 1850s, Ferdinand de Lesseps got permission from the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan to create a shipping canal building company. Suez was brilliantly completed in 1869. The French tried to do the same across the Panama Isthmus, however, it failed due to tropical diseases, landslides, political divisions, financial crises and catastrophic death rates. Helen Webberley advises that only when the USA bought the project was the Canal built and opened in 1914.
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Learn more about this famous Canal and the events leading up to its creation.
Helen Webberley has a BA from Melbourne University and a Masters from Monash University, specialising in History and Art History. This has proved to be an excellent combination since it is difficult to understand a culture without examining all its historical documents, as well as other cultural objects (architecture, literature, etc). Helen’s CAE courses cover historical eras and the cultures that underpin students preferred interests. CAE courses have concentrated on the pivotal 17th Century to 1939, focusing in particular on Britain, the Continent, Middle East and North Africa, Australia and North America.
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