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Title: The 13 towers of De Redin
Authors: Borg, Joe
Keywords: Fortification -- Malta
De Redin Towers (Malta)
Malta -- History -- Knights of Malta, 1530-1798
Coast defenses -- Malta
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: Midsea Books Ltd.
Citation: Borg, J. (1978). The 13 towers of De Redin. Heritage: an Encyclopedia of Maltese Culture and Civilization, 16, 305-307.
Abstract: Until the end of the 17th century no serious attempt had been made to erect fortifications on the coast-line of the Maltese Islands. The continuous attacks by Barbary corsairs however compelled the Order of St. John of Jerusalem to decide to supplement the defences of Valletta and the Three Cities with the erection of a number of forts and watch towers. which were strong enough to oppose musket fire and hold back unexpected attacks. These towers were constructed mainly around the coast-line and though unfit to withstand a long siege, they were so designed as to set up a system of communication throughout the island by sending signals to each other whenever corsair vessels were sighted. By day, large red flags were hoisted while by night bonfires were lit on their flat roofs as a warning of imminent danger. These warnings were then immediately delivered to Fort St. Elmo. Fort St. Lucian or Mdina where the leaders would immediately work in plans for the defence of the island.
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