| Fort DeLesseps was named after Count
Ferdinand DeLesseps. Count DeLesseps won renown as the builder of the
Suez Canal in Egypt. Ferdinand thought he could build a canal on the
Isthmus of Panama. He subsequently was president of the French
syndicate that failed in an attempt to build a sea level canal through
Panama in 1881 - 1888. Long hard years of disease, poor planning and
catastrophe contributed to the French Canal Company failure to complete
the Panama Canal.