The Suez Canal - Forgotten Wonders of the World


Often called as the “Crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia”, the Suez Canal is a man-made canal that was constructed between the Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea and Suez on the Red Sea. It is located west of the Sinai Peninsula and is 163 km long and 300 m wide at the narrowest point. The ships that have to cross the continent of Africa do not have to circumnavigate around it so as to cross it. Also, the travel is two-way which saves the way of the ships either side of the travel.

Historical times and evidences indicate that ideas were on in the twelfth dynasty of Pharaoh Senusret III in 1878-1839 BC about a west-east river which could allow direct naval trade. It was however, Napoleon who thought of repairing the link between the two seas. However, the idea was shelved due to money and time constraints. It was Ferdinand de Lesseps who designed the Suez Canal after that. It was inaugurated on 17 November 1869 and had a dramatic effect on the world trade. In the present day, around 50 ships cross the canal daily and the trade relations and routes have both improved a lot.

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