The fortification of Malta by the order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, 1530-1798, with special reference to Valletta and Floriana
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This thesis examines the documentary sources relating to construction of the fortifications built by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in Malta between 1530 and 1798: The general pattern of building is outlined, and the development of the fortifications of Valletta and Floriana is studied in detail. As far as is possible, reasons are advanced why any particular building project was undertaken. An attempt is made to show the range of foreign engineers who visited Malta, their impact on the development of the fortifications and the attitude of both members of the Order and of other engineers to their recommendations. The contribution made by the Maltese to the fortification and defence of Malta is considered. The cost of the fortifications and the manner in which the Order was able to finance the work, is examined in the light of the extant records.
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