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8 Concurrent with this transference of a good deal of Egypt’s resources to foreign hands was a cotton boom due to the American Civil War (1860–1865), during which there was a blockade of American cotton. 9 These factors would have made Egypt important to Europe even if it was not a strategic path for the British to take on their way to India. The Suez Canal was the lifeline of the British Empire, essential to connect London with India and other Eastern dominions and spheres of influence. The popular adage was that as long as India mattered to London, London would matter to Egypt.
18 From the famous banking family, Baring had served on the Caisse de la Dette from 1877 to 1880. He had been the “right-hand man” of Indian Viceroy Lord Ripon for the three years before he returned to Egypt in 1883. Despite early expectations that the Occupation would be brief, Lord Cromer would become the ruler of Egypt for the next twenty-five years. This period is remembered less than positively by Egyptian historians, despite the success of his financial reorganization and the increased prosperity it demonstrably brought the fellaheen.
The c-g [sic] is the de facto ruler of the country, without being hampered by a Parliament or by a net-work [sic] of Councils like the Viceroy of India and the interference of the home Govt. has hitherto been limited to such matters as are likely to arouse interest or criticism in the British H(ouse). of C(ommons). 19 Increasingly autocratic, despite sincerely believing he was doing what was best for the majority of Egyptians, the fellaheen, Cromer refused to increase Egyptian participation in the governance of Egypt, believing them incapable of self-rule.