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 [Pg 2]this shadeless island in the middle of the sea, Fior del Mondo,—"the flower of the world." Yet it must be confessed that the downright ignorance of these natives concerning the rest of the globe is appalling. To the critical reader of history it is as much classic ground as Athens or Rome. Situated twenty-five hundred miles from England, the government fully realizes its importance as an effective base of naval and military operations, and as an essential outpost for keeping open the route to India. In fact, Malta is the strongest link in the chain which connects Great Britain with her possessions in the East. *** QUALITY DIGITIZED BOOKS ***This Ebook can be placed on the SDCARD with Android 2.2 and above.This is the full length digitised ebook version of a classic book and is supplied by Digi-Media-Apps. Each book is packaged with an advanced EBOOK reader. Simply download the App and read the book – you do not need other software or Apps to enjoy this book.Where available, pages in the book can be turned using the phone's volume keys.If the App is closed, the book will reopen at the place where you left off reading the book.Sections/chapters of the book are accessible directly from the Table of Contents.Book marks can be saved at any point within the book. Use the MENU/BOOK MARK to mark any text to return to later.You can search for any text within the book.For your reading comfort, the book has two reading modes, DAY and NIGHT.Where appropriate, the books contents are cross referenced, and linked.Footnotes within the original book are maintained and linked within the book.You can select font size for the book using the books menu options.You can select font colour for the book using the books menu optionsYou can select background colour for the book using the books menu optionsBy default, the phone will not turn off whilst you are reading the book. This option can be turned off in MENU/SETTINGS.A quality full length book in ebook format supplied by Digi-Media-Apps.More quality classic ebook titles can be found on Android market – search “digimediaapps”Goto www.digimediaapps.com for a full searchable catalogue of available books from Digi-Media-Apps.