Lesseps Ferdinand Marie de
Related to Lesseps Ferdinand Marie de: Ferdinand de Saussure
Les·seps(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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