|Commander K. by the Azure Window, Gozo|
|Gganjita Temple, Gozo|
|Commander K. at the Ggantija Temples, Gozo|
National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta
In 870 the Arabs conquered Malta. Their influence endures today in the Malti language -- consider the town of Mdina which means "fortified town" as in Arabic. They ruled until 1090 when Malta was conquered by the Normans under Count Roger (it was a busy century for the Normans with England and Sicily). The Knights Templar were driven out of Cyprus by the Turks and relocated to Malta in 1530.
|Jean La Valette, Valletta Malta|
|St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta|
|Napoleon plundered Malta, 1798|
|Queen Victoria, Valletta, Malta|
|Madonna and Child, Mdina, Malta|
|Fort St. Angelo, Former Royal Navy base, Malta|
"Most Englishman at home are so far from warlike sights, that they are apt to forget that their country has after all shown herself great in war as in commerce. But no man can forget that fact as he stands her upon the Baracca of Valletta and looks down upon the grab forts and the ironclad which sleep securely beneath their walls." Source: Blue Water Empire, Robert Holland, 2012, www.amzn.com/0141036109
|British Power in the Med|
|Message to Malta from King George VI|
In 1964 the island gained its independence from Britain.
In 1979 the Royal Navy withdrew its base from Malta. Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi, who supplied the island with cheap oil, attended the ceremony. The strongman "in his arrogant showman form, gave the thumbs down when the Union Jack was lowered." Source: Blue Water Empire, Robert Holland, 2012, www.amzn.com/0141036109.
in 2008 The Republic of Malta joined the Euro.
Today, happily, Malta is invaded merely by hordes of tourists seeking sun, history, natural beauty, gourmandizing and a warm welcome from the Maltese people.
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