The Suez Crisis And Sinai Conflict Of 1956 Essay

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Third party countries played a major role in the Suez Crisis/Sinai Conflict of 1956. In order to understand the impact made by third parties, one must first understand the history of the Suez Canal, the rise of power of Nasser, and the complete Suez Crisis/Sinai Conflict itself.
The Suez Canal opened on November 17, 1869. This canal is an important waterway that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It allows for lesser distances to deliver goods to other parts of the world. Without this waterway, ships would have to travel copious amounts of miles to deliver their cargo.
In 1854, an agreement between France, Britain, and Egypt lead to the building of the Suez Canal. In 1856, a construction plan was drawn and the Suez Canal Company was created. They were then given the right to manage the canal for 99 years once construction was complete. Construction on the canal began in April 1859. The canal was to be 100 miles in length and run across the Isthmus of Suez. The canal was opened for ship travel on November 17, 1869.
In 1875, Great Britain took control of the Suez Canal Company by purchasing the stock from the new Ottoman governor of Egypt. This gave Great Britain control of the company because they were now the largest shareholder. Great Britain began an extensive occupation of Egypt in 1882. The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 gave Great Britain control over the Suez Canal. Great Britain would occupy the canal until 1956 when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser…

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