Thanks for that Evan. Very interesting read! I will add that as a link for others to read. I found the following paragraphs most interesting:
One other difficulty in establishing the number of emigrants during the period in question is that Malta had no direct routes with the receiving countries and therefore, most emigrants had to go to North America or Australia through a European port. Ships calling at Valletta sailed for Naples, Genoa, Marseilles or Le Havre and then the Maltese had to embark on a transatlantic liner. Men who left Malta's ports in this manner would be listed as having gone to Europe and not to America or Australia. It is also a known fact that a sizeable number of passengers who had embarked for North African ports such as , Port Said, Tripoli or Tunis, would then carry on their journey to more distant parts of the world.
Their country of origin was largely unknown and because of this they very often aroused suspicion. The Maltese described themselves as Europeans who were also British subjects. But to call oneself British without being able to speak English was somewhat contradictory.
These paragraphs gives insight as to the complexity of their emigration.
Thanks again, Carmen
From: eman azzopardi <eazzp2004@...>
To: "Maltese_Genealogy@yahoogroups.com" <Maltese_Genealogy@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Mon, December 19, 2011 1:48:35 AM
Subject: Re: [Maltese_Genealogy] Does anyone know the different ports of arrival?
Hi, attached please find a link to some interesting reading about Maltese Migration.
From: "carmenborg@..." <carmenborg@...>
Sent: Sunday, 18 December 2011, 19:27
Subject: [Maltese_Genealogy] Does anyone know the different ports of arrival?
For an example.... What route would they travel to get to France or England?