Malta: The Most Reluctant Nation

Like Gibraltar, the tiny, barren is lands of Malta have always been at the crossroads of history. There, 15 centuries before Christ, the Phoenicians set up a trading colony. In 60 A.D., the Apostle Paul found haven on a rocky beach near Valletta after his ship wreck, and in 1565 the Turkish invasion fleet was driven off by the Knights of Malta. More recently, during World War II, the Maltese withstood almost daily bombardment by Axis planes, kept Britain's crucial Mediterranean sea lanes open. For 35 centuries invaders came, ruled, and were swept...

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