During the Victorian era, the Island of Malta was a hive of expatriate activity. The British had arrived and established a naval base and the royal family found the island to be a perfect place to escape from England's winters. To entertain themselves and make the cross-section of civilian society that descended on the Crown Colony more at home, the Royal Family brought aspects of their homeland to the Island of Malta. This of course included the staple of British society; the English Pub.
Whether or not the British influence truly benefited the Island of Malta is a controversial issue in itself, however it can be said that opportunities for trade and commerce increased as a result. The potato became an import export crop for the country after being introduced by the British and Queen Victoria's encouragement of the old art of lace-making became very popular and is still one of Malta's most celebrated crafts.
In 1950, LIFE magazine reporter Jack Burns visited the island and photographed these British pubs that were scattered throughout Malta. He provides us with amazing images that depict the pubs on the island and its influence on the Maltese people.
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