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André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri 
Baron Ferdinand de Lesseps 
1859-1861 
  
Carte de visite 
Paul Frecker 
 
LL/13439 
  
Vicomte Ferdinand de Lesseps was a French diplomat and friend of Sa'id Pasha, from whom he obtained a concession (20 November 1854) for the construction of the Suez Canal. Work on the monumental project began in 1859 and was finally completed in 1869. The success of venture owed a great deal to Lesseps's skill and tenacity. In 1879 he attempted to repeat his success by building a Panama Canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but the project ended in disaster when he tried to construct it without locks. 
 

 
  
 
  
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