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Title: The Grand Harbour, Malta
Other Titles: Regeneration through heritage : understanding the development potential of historic European arsenal
Authors: Farrugia, Mario
Keywords: Grand Harbour (Valletta, Malta)
Grand Harbour (Valletta, Malta) -- History
Grand Harbour (Valletta, Malta) -- In art
Historic sites -- Malta -- Valletta
Upper Barracca Gardens (Valletta, Malta)
Malta at War Museum (Vittoriosa, Malta)
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: English Heritage
Citation: Farrugia, M. (2007). The Grand Harbour, Malta. In M. Stevenson (Ed.), Regeneration through heritage : understanding the development potential of historic European arsenal (pp. 19-25). English Heritage.
Abstract: Despite its small size, the island of Malta has a big history. In many ways, this history was shaped by its unique Grand Harbour, one of the most coveted safe mooring places in the world. Helped by the strategic location of the island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, this harbour has made long-term habitation possible on what is otherwise an arid group of rocky islands. For centuries, most human activity in Malta was nestled around the various deep fjord-like creeks forming the safe haven for shipping. Prized as the main asset of the island, the harbour was heavily fortified by a succession of rulers to make it impregnable against foreign attack. Throughout time, the harbour was the centre of much activity ranging from honest maritime trading, naval-related work, shipbuilding and repair to illicit buccaneering and smuggling. All in all, these activities have shaped the environment of Malta's harbour. Strong fortifications protected its entrance and rear, densely built fortified towns provided comfort to its population, quayside storehouses, workshops and factories provided work for its people and a massive naval arsenal kept in shape and restocked entire naval fleets based at the island.
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