FACTOID # 2: Puerto Rico has roughly the same gross state product as Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > 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 during the second half of the 17th century. June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... Events April 4 – King of Spain signs an edit of expulsion of all moriscos from Spain April 9 – Spain recognizes Dutch independence May 23 - Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia. ... Events January 14 – Hampton Court conference with James I of England, the Anglican bishops and representatives of Puritans September 20 - Capture of Ostend by Spanish forces under Ambrosio Spinola after a three year siege. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... Events First Portuguese governor was appointed to Macau The Swedish city Karlskrona was founded as the Royal Swedish Navy relocated there. ... An engineer is someone who practices the engineering profession; a professional practitioner of engineering; someone who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems and produce goods for society. ... The Canal du Midi in Toulouse, France Canals are man-made waterways, usually connecting existing lakes, rivers, or oceans. ... Canal du Midi, Toulouse The Canal du Midi is a 240km long canal in southern France, le midi, linking the Garonne River to the Mediterranean Sea, between Toulouse and the Mediterranean port of Sète, which was created for the canal. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ...


Background

Born in Béziers, Hérault, France, Riquet was the man behind the huge task of building an artificial waterway to link the southern coast of France with the Bay of Biscay. The logistics of this were immense and very complicated, so much so that other engineers and even the Romans had discussed the idea but not proceeded with it. Even so, Louis XIV was keen for the project to proceed, largely because of the increasing cost and danger of transporting cargo and trade around southern Spain where pirates were frequent. Béziers (Besièrs in Occitan) is a city in Languedoc, in the southwest of France. ... Hérault is a département in the southwest of France named after the Hérault River. ... ESA photo, phytoplankton bloom along the Bay of Biscay Not to be confused with the North American Biscayne Bay. ... Ancient Rome was a civilization that existed in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East between 753 BC and its downfall in AD 476. ... Louis XIV King of France and Navarre By Hyacinthe Rigaud (1701) Louis XIV (Louis-Dieudonné) (September 5, 1638–September 1, 1715) reigned as King of France and King of Navarre from May 14, 1643 until his death. ... Look up Trade in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Trade centers on the exchange of goods and/or services. ... This article is about sea pirates. ...


As a youngster Riquet was only interested in mathematics and science, and at the age of 19 he married Catherine de Milhau. After returning to farming salt taxes in Languedoc he became farmer-general of Languedoc-Roussillon. Riquet was now a wealthy man who was given permission by the King to levy his own taxes. This gave him the wealth to go along with his vision and technical expertise. A tax is a compulsory fee paid by individuals or businesses to a state, or to functional equivalents of a state, including tribes, secessionist movements or revolutionary movements. ... Coat of arms of the province of Languedoc, now being used as an official flag by the Midi-Pyrénees region as well as by the city of Toulouse Languedoc (Lengadòc in Occitan) is a former province of France, now continued in the modern-day régions of Languedoc... Capital Montpellier Area 27,376 km² Regional President Georges Frêche (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 10th) 2,458,000 2,295,648 90/km² (2004) Arrondissements 14 Cantons 186 Communes 1,545 Départements Aude Gard Hérault Lozère Pyrénées-Orientales...


The Canal du Midi

Still, many problems lay ahead, including navigating around the many hills, and providing a system that would feed the canal with water through the dry summer months. The advancement in lock engineering and then the creation of a 6 million cubic metre artificial lake - the Bassin de Saint-Ferreol - solved this. Canal locks in England. ... A reservoir (French: réservoir) is an artificial lake created by flooding land behind a dam. ...


Riquet was involved in the construction of the canal from 1665 to 1680, which was when he died. The canal was finished a year later. Overall it has 65 locks and is over 240 miles long.


  Results from FactBites:
 
Pierre-Paul Riquet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (298 words)
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 during the second half of the 17th century.
Born in Béziers, Hérault, France, Riquet was the man behind the huge task of building an artificial waterway to link the southern coast of France with the Bay of Biscay.
Riquet was involved in the construction of the canal from 1665 to 1680, which was when he died.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m