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1879 Excerpt: ...1863, he succeeded him as fifth viceroy of Egypt,
and acquired an enormous fortune through the production of cotton
during tho American civil war. The difficulties with M. de Lesseps
in regard to the Suez canal were settled in 1864, and Ismail became
thenceforward the most active promoter of the enterprise. While
residing occasionally in his superb palace at Ermighian on the
Bosporus, he lived, as in Cairo, in a truly oriental style of
magnificence, lavished large sums of money upon Turkish officials,
and so ingratiated himself with the sultan and his court that he
secured in 1866 the long coveted privilege of a direct line of
succession for his dynasty, which makes the eldest of his three
sons, Hussein, his heir apparent. In the same year he voluntarily
increased his tribute to the sultan, with whom he cooperated at the
same time, with 30,000 Egyptian troops, against the Cretans. New
and important prerogatives were consequently granted to him in
1867, together with the titles of highness and khedive; but Ismail
was not satisfied with these, and put forward the most
extraordinary pretensions, threatening to withdraw his army from
Crete, and even to seize that island, in case of non-compliance.
The intervention of foreign powers caused him to abate his
pretensions, and for a time appeased the exasperated sultan. But
the viceroy, not content to extend his sway over the upper Nile
(1868) and over the "White Nile through Sir Samuel Baker (1869),
continued to make foreign loans for the increase of his army and
navy, proposed the deneutralization of the Suez canal, invited the
potentates of Europe to attend its opening (Nov. 17, 1869), and
acted as a completely independent sovereign to such an extent that
after the closing of these festivities the sultan's l...
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