THE COMMUNITY ARCHIVE

Photo Gallery - 1910s

Malta in the 1910s was embroiled in the First World War as part of the British Empire. Thousands of young Maltese men served in the British Armed Forces, particularly the Royal Navy. The war forever changed the world, and particularly Malta. Thousands of colonial men, from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and even the United States flooded into and through Malta on their way to the front. This mixture of peoples introduced Maltese people to the wider world and helped cement Malta's status as part of the Empire.

 

With the British war effort over, thousands of men in Malta were laid off.  Maltese, particularly men, after the war would rely this new found knowledge of the worlds people as they left the islands for economic opportunity first and foremost in the auto factories of Detroit in 1919 and beyond. 

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