On September 21, 1964, the Mediterranean island nation of Malta gained its independence from the United Kingdom. For more than a thousand years, Malta had been conquered and ruled by a series of European and Arab empires.
Many European colonies gained independence in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some struggles for independence have been violent, while others (like Malta) have been a series of negotiations between indigenous leaders and the outgoing colonial power.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry colonialism Noun
type of government where a geographic area is ruled by a foreign power.
group of nations, territories or other groups of people controlled by a single, more powerful authority.
how a person defines themselves, or how others define them.
state or situation of being free.
body of land surrounded by water.
Encyclopedic Entry: island nation Noun
political unit made of people who share a common territory.
Encyclopedic Entry: nation strategic Adjective
important part of a place or plan.