Officially opened in 1682, the Canal du Midi, designed and built by
the engineers Pierre-Paul Riquet and Francois Andreossy, stretched
from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. The present work was written by
Andreossy's descendant, Antoine-Francois Andreossy (1761-1828), a
French general and diplomat. A member of the Academie des Sciences,
he analyses here the terrain of the south of France to show how and
why the canal was built. Notably, the work became known for the
author's argument that Riquet had usurped the glory that really
belonged to his ancestor. Concluding with original documents from
the period of the canal's construction, along with an appendix
giving details on the canal's route, the book is reissued here in
its first edition of 1800. A second edition appeared in 1804, and a
third edition was begun but never completed.
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