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This is a drawing of when General Vaubois (Commander-in-chief of The Islands of Malta and Gozo) met with the British generals Henry Pigot and George Martin to sign the French secession of Malta to the British Empire on the 5th of September 1800.
This transfer of Maltese sovereignty to the British Empire was considered as 'an arbitrary act of injustice' because supposedly Malta was to go back under the dominion of the kingdom of Sicily since the Order of St. John only had Malta as a fief from the kingdom of Sicily. The Order was paying a falcon a year to the kingdom of Sicily in order to enjoy the services of the Maltese Islands.
Photo credits: The surrender of Malta by the French in 1800 - drawing by R. Caton Woodville in 'The Illustrated London News' of March 14, 1903.
Source of information: Storja ta' Malta, Volume 3 - Henry Frendo