The Suez Canal was of strategic importance to Britain, both for international shipping (particularly to India) and for its rule in Egypt. When Egypt was granted nominal independence in 1922, the security of British interests in the Suez Canal were maintained by a permanent military garrison.Know More
British forces withdrew from the Suez Canal Zone in 1956, in which year the canal was nationalized by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Britain and France secretly plotted with Israel to invade Egypt and regain control. Following the conflict in 1957, the Suez Canal was returned to Egypt by the United Nations, along with reparations.
Even so, the actions of Britain and France had drawn Egypt into allegiance with the USSR.Learn More
The Suez Canal is located in Egypt on the African continent. It is a man-made waterway that connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Gulf of Suez, a northern inlay of the Red Sea.Full Answer >
Jacques Cartier led three expeditions to North America in the 16th century hoping to find a route to Asia, as well as gold. His trips were financed by the French monarch, King Francis. Unfortunately for Cartier, he never found the passage to Asia or the riches he sought.Full Answer >
The Suez Canal allows ships to take a shorter route between Europe and lands near the Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean. It is a waterway that runs north to south across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas.Full Answer >
American colonists did not allow ships carrying tea to dock in Philadelphia and New York and refused to pay the British-imposed tax in response to the Tea Act. Colonists dumped the tea off of three ships into Boston Harbor in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.Full Answer >