"In the 15th century, the eight points of the four arms of the later called Maltese Cross represented the eight lands of origin, or Langues of the Knights Hospitaller:
Auvergne, Provence, France, Aragon, Castille and Portugal, Italy, Germany, and England (with Scotland and Ireland)."--Wiki
The 8 points of the Maltese Cross also refer to the 8 obligations of the Knights:
To live in truth.
To have faith.
To be sincere.
To give proof of humility.
To love justice.
To be merciful.
To endure persecution.
To repent of sin.
(a boat being restored in Valletta, Malta)
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