Maltese seafaring in mediaeval and post-mediaeval times

@article{Mcmanamon2003MalteseSI,
  title={Maltese seafaring in mediaeval and post-mediaeval times},
  author={John M. Mcmanamon},
  journal={Mediterranean Historical Review},
  year={2003},
  volume={18},
  pages={32 - 58}
}
Despite a dearth of material evidence, excellent historical detective work, especially that by a dedicated local school of Maltese historians, invites a survey of Maltese economic and political developments from a Mediterranean maritime perspective. In the economic sphere, cotton, shipped to Sicilian ports where it was traded for grain, eventually proved to be mediaeval Malta's chief cash crop. A pattern of non-diversified trade led to the politicization of the economy in the fourteenth century… 
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