Here also stands the mansion erected and occupied by Ferdinand de Lesseps during his residence on the isthmus.
Later it acquired increased importance through its selection by de Lesseps as the site for the Atlantic entrance to his canal.
FERDINAND DE LESSEPS (1805-1894).
From the middle of the 18th century the ancestors of Ferdinand de Lesseps followed the diplomatic career, and he himself occupied with real distinction several posts in the same calling from 1825 to 1849.
His father, Mathieu de Lesseps (1774-1832), was in the consular service; hi$ mother, Catherine de Grivegnee, was Spanish, and aunt of the countess of Montijo, mother of the empress Eugenie.