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Title: English privateers in Malta and a British consul's misfortunes in the eighteenth century
Authors: Galea, Joseph
Keywords: Privateering -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Knights of Malta -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Privateering -- Mediterranean Sea -- History
Consuls -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Issue Date: 1973
Publisher: De La SaIle Brothers Publications
Citation: Galea, J. (1973). English privateers in Malta and a British consul's misfortunes in the eighteenth century. In: B. Hilary (ed.),┬áThe Malta Year Book 1973. Malta: De La SaIle Brothers Publications, pp. 377-390.
Abstract: By reason of its geographical position Malta has always been inextricably bound up with the destinies of the Mediterranean. Malta, Ghawdex and Kemmuna are situated almost in the centre of the Mediterranean, 62 miles SSW of Sicily, and 197 miles North of Africa. They were inhabited during the Neolithic period, and passed successively to the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Goths, and Saracens, and subsequently to the rulers of Sicily until 1530, when they were ceded to the Order of St. John. The Order of St. John of Jerusalem ruled over Malta from 1530, enjoying all the privileges of neutrality as well as the protection of the various sovereigns and States of Europe since the foundation, c. 1083, in Jerusalem. Countries often contended among themselves for the honour of bestowing distinctions and privileges on the Order. [excerpt]
Appears in Collections:Malta Yearbook : 1973

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