Maritime Agency in Malta established early 19th century.
Hi,I'm trying to ascertain a snippet of information which puzzles me, about a maritime agency started in Malta by a Michele or Antonio Mazzitelli around the first half of the 19th century. I think the two people mentioned were of Italian nationals and either both or at least one of them was I believe a master mariner. How would they have been allowed to start such an entreprise being foreign nationals ? Does anyone know if thisinformation is fact (or fiction) and if it is possible to confirm this, who should I contact or where should I look for such information. Do Maltese maritime archives exist for that period of time or should I look to British maritime archives for such information, and if so, does anyone have a contact address for the latter. I would be very grateful for some help.