On This Day: Suez Canal Opens

On November 17, 1869, after more than ten years of construction, the Suez Canal was formally opened for navigation. It is significant because of its unique geographic location which links the Mediterranean and Red seas and provides a route for travel and trade. The canal has been closed several times throughout history and remains an important international structure today.

Suez Canal

Arthur Kent describes the original meaning of the bridge.

Additional Resource

  • 1956 Suez Crisis

    Michael Doran talked about circumstances that led to the 1956 Suez Crisis, the role of the U.S. and the aftermath of the war.