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Title: Maltese fortifications
Authors: Zammit, Vincent
Keywords: Borg in-Nadur (Birzebbuga, Malta)
Fortification -- Malta -- History
Malta -- History -- Phoenician and Punic period, 8th century B.C.-218 B.C.
Malta -- History -- Classical period, 218 B.C.-535 A.D.
Malta -- History -- Byzantine rule, 535-870
Fort tas-Silg (Marsaxlokk, Malta)
Wilga Tower (Mqabba, Malta)
Issue Date: 1982
Publisher: Gulf Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Zammit, V. (1982). Maltese fortifications. Civilization, 1, 22-25.
Abstract: One of the reasons why the Maltese Islands have always drawn the interest of the great European and Mediterranean powers, is their strategic position. When ships had to rely on slaves and wind to reach their destination, the Maltese Islands provided good harbours for a respite. Even when modern technology produced steam engines and aircraft, it was still felt that the Maltese Islands' position is providential. An example of this, was the Second World War, when against all odds, Britain kept fighting to safeguard its hold on the Maltese Islands. It is therefore quite understandable, that throughout the Islands' history a number of fortifications were built. While some localities have retained their importance throughout the Islands' history, as ideas and strategies changed, so did fortifications and therefore new localities were chosen, and old sites left to die a natural death. This chronological presentation of the evolution of the fortifications of Malta, starts with the earliest times right up to the British period.
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