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Replicas of Napoleon’s letter for sale for a good cause
We’ve got one for you, you history aficionados!
Heritage Malta have announced that no less than 40 replicas of Napoleon’s iconic letter are up for grabs. Not to mention that all proceeds will be going to the Malta Community Chest Fund. Pretty sweet, right? The first replica of the letter was presented to the President of Malta, George Vella.
For those of you who do not know, Napoleon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader, who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century. The original letter, written by Napoleon, commanded General Desaix, a French general and military leader during the French Revolutionary wars, to start planning the invasion of Malta in 1798.
The letter was acquired by Heritage Malta last July for the sum of €60,000 and is currently on display at the National Museum of Archeology in Valletta. It will remain there till the end of November 2020, before being transferred to its permanent home at the Maritime Museum in Birgu, where it will be the centrepiece in the newly refurbished section, which is dedicated to the French period in Malta.
To commemorate the exciting acquisition of a document that played a crucial part in shaping our country’s history, Heritage Malta is issuing a limited amount of replicas. Each replica will be individually numbered, so their respective buyers can keep a piece of history in their homes, whilst simultaneously contributing to a good cause.
The President was presented the first replica at San Anton Palace, by Anthony Scicluna, the Heritage Malta chairman, executive director Mario Cutajar, CEO Noel Zammit and COO Kenneth Gambin, as well as principle curator at the Maritime Museum, Liam Gauci.