The Story of Malta

The Story of Malta

by Maturin Murray Ballou
     
 
Geographical Position of Malta.--A Pivotal Location.--Warden of the Great Inland Sea.--First Sight of the Group.--How to reach the Island.--Early Inhabitants.--Language of the People.--Phœnician Colonists.--Arabian Dynasty.--A Piratical Rendezvous.--Suez Canal.--Two Sorts of Travelers.--Gibraltar.--Harbor of Valletta.--A Place of Arms.--Various Bays of the

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Geographical Position of Malta.--A Pivotal Location.--Warden of the Great Inland Sea.--First Sight of the Group.--How to reach the Island.--Early Inhabitants.--Language of the People.--Phœnician Colonists.--Arabian Dynasty.--A Piratical Rendezvous.--Suez Canal.--Two Sorts of Travelers.--Gibraltar.--Harbor of Valletta.--A Place of Arms.--Various Bays of the Group.--Dimensions.--Extensive Commerce of the Port.

The island of Malta has been known by several significant appellations during the centuries in which it has claimed a place upon the pages of history. In our day it is often called the Queen of the Mediterranean, not only because of its commanding position, dominating, as it were, the coasts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, but also as possessing a degree of historical and present picturesqueness unsurpassed by any land between the Columns of Hercules and the coast of Asia Minor. To the north lie Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica; to the east are Greece, Turkey, and Syria; and to the southwest is the coast of Barbary; thus forming an amphitheatre of nations. Malta is therefore a pivotal location about which vast interests revolve. The loving, patriotic Maltese proudly call this shadeless island in the middle of the sea, Fior del Mondo,--"the flower of the world."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015568813
Publisher:
Library of Alexandria
Publication date:
10/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
421 KB

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