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 (lĕs′əps, lĕ-sĕps′), Vicomte Ferdinand Marie de 1805-1894.
French diplomat and engineer who supervised the construction of the Suez Canal (1859-1869). He directed the company that began the Panama Canal (1882) but abandoned the project because of bankruptcy (1888).
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(ˈlɛsəps; French lɛsɛps)
(Biography) See de Lesseps
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(ˈlɛs əps)

Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de, 1805–94, French engineer and diplomat: promoter of the Suez Canal.
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Lesseps has succeeded in doing; and before long he will have changed Africa into an immense island."
De Lesseps had finished the Suez Canal and was examining Panama.
Located in northeast Egypt with a population of 524,433 people and total area of 845.445 sqm, Port Said was established during the tenure of Khedive Ismail in 1859, when Ferdinand de Lesseps started the drilling of the Suez Canal.
It had taken 10 years to make the 100-mile canal devised by Ferdinand de Lesseps.
The characters pass easily from bedroom to market place, from palace to the Globe, and the beloved characters of Marlowe (Edmund Kingsley, who does not take every chance offered to him), Lord Wessex, Shakespeare's Nemesis (Bill Wessex, who does even less with his chances) and Viola de Lesseps (Imogen Daines, who often seems to be unable to find the conflict and drama inherent in her role) come and go within the orbit of the Globe and we wait for the moment when the queen gets wind of our Will's doings and turns up to watch Romeo and Juliet (its final title fixed with a little help from the illfated Kit Marlowe).
Pierro Niel-Mee will star as Will Shakespeare with Imogen Daines as Viola, Rob Edwards as Fennyman, Geraldine Alexander as the Queen, Edmund Kingsley as Kit Marlowe, Bill Ward as Wessex, Ian Hughes as Henslowe, Giles Taylor as Tilney and De Lesseps, Edward Harrison as Burbage and Phillip Labey as Sam.
Summary: New York [U.S.A.], July 29 (ANI): Actress Luann de Lesseps is returning to her cabaret show after three weeks of treatment.
Luann de Lesseps is reportedly dating her still-married Hollywood agent Richard Super, nearly a year after divorcing Tom D'Agostino.
Then he meets Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant.
In November, Nicolas, a descendent of the late French diplomat and the developer of the Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps, visited the Historical Gallery.
It had taken 10 years to make the 100-mile canal devised by Ferdinand de Lesseps. 1896: Oswald Mosley, English Fascist leader, was born.