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A long list of colonisers chequers the history of Malta. From the ancient Carthaginians to the Normans and the French, all the major forces in history have ruled Malta at some point. Of course the hand of British rule touched Malta when they ousted the French in the early 1800s. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 increased the strategic importance of Malta. It became the perfect re fuelling spot for ships bound for Asia. During the time of British rule however, it seems the Maltese had their fill of being governed and began to fight for independence. Their plea for political freedom was only granted in 1964 and soon after, it became a republic.

A place of so many influences, the history of Malta is evident as soon as you land on the island. Step off the plane and the feeling that you're stepping into a place with a detailed and complex history is overwhelming. The rich Maltese art and culture combines their many influences and reflects the ability of the Maltese people to adapt and accept change as well as demonstrating their resilience. At various points in history, Malta has been a battleground, a refuge and a home to people of different races and cultures, culminating in a place that although small in size, is huge in history.