Pierre-Paul Riquet

Pierre-Paul Riquet (June 29, 1609 (some sources say 1604) – October 4, 1680) was the engineer and canal-builder responsible for the construction of the Canal du Midi.

Read more about Pierre-Paul Riquet:  Background, The Canal Du Midi

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Pierre-Paul Riquet - The Canal Du Midi
... Riquet is the man responsible for building the 240-kilometre-long artificial waterway that links the southern coast of France to Toulouse to link to the canal/river system that ran across to the Bay of Biscay ... Planning, financing, and construction of the Canal du Midi completely absorbed Riquet from 1665 forward ... The high cost of construction depleted Riquet's personal fortune and the seemingly insurmountable problems caused his sponsors, including Louis XIV, to lose interest ...