Malta joined the European Union on and joined the Eurozone on 1 January 2008.Pottery found by archaeologists at the Skorba Temples resembles that found in Italy, and suggests that the Maltese islands were first settled in 5200 BCE mainly by Stone Age hunters or farmers who had arrived from the Italian island of Sicily, possibly the Sicani.
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In 1530 Charles I of Spain gave the Maltese islands to the Order of Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in perpetual lease.
The French under Napoleon took hold of the Maltese islands in 1798, although with the aid of the British the Maltese were able to oust French control two years later.
Tentative information suggests that the sacrifices were made to the goddess of fertility, whose statue is now in the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.
The culture apparently disappeared from the Maltese Islands around 2500 BC.The extinction of the dwarf hippos and dwarf elephants has been linked to the earliest arrival of humans on Malta.The population on Malta grew cereals, raised livestock and, in common with other ancient Mediterranean cultures, worshiped a fertility figure represented in Maltese prehistoric artefacts exhibiting the proportions seen in similar statuettes, including the Venus of Willendorf.On 31 March 1979 Malta saw the withdrawal of the last British troops and the Royal Navy from Malta.This day is known as Freedom Day and Malta declared itself as a neutral and non-aligned.Amendments to existing legislation approved by the House of Representatives are integrated within the original text, once they come into force, so that the displayed text is the current version of the legislation.