Of all these sieges the greatest is that of 1565, a year before the town of Valletta was laid out.
I think Valletta is quite enjoyable, particularly in winter, with the opera.
The forts of the harbor, however, form but a portion of the vast system of fortifications which completely surround Valletta.
Malta is particularly beautiful when seen from the Valletta side.
British ships of war visited Malta in 1675, and in 1688 a fleet under the duke of Grafton came to Valletta.
Thus Valletta has little significance to the world at large, while Malta is familiar enough.
It was early in March when the author first landed at Valletta, a most propitious date for a first impression.
There is here a good depth of water, and the harbor is divided, somewhat like that of Valletta, by a promontory or tongue of land.
The small Sicilian traders are accustomed to come hither in their light draught boats rather than to land at Valletta.
These suburbs are the residence of an humbler class of the community than those who live in Valletta.
Mediterranean island, from Latin Melite, perhaps from Phoenician melita, literally "place of refuge," from malat "he escaped."
Note: Malta, strategically located, has belonged to a succession of civilizations, including the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. In 1800, the British established control of Malta, which, since its independence in 1964, has continued to maintain close ties with Britain.