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Wales and Argentina celebrate 150th anniversary of migration to Patagonia

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 02:22 UTC
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Argentina and Wales celebrated on Monday at the National Assembly for Wales, in Cardiff, their historical links with a reception especially dedicated to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Welsh settlers to Patagonia. Musicians from both nations gave a concert and a photography exhibition on the Welsh settlements in Patagonia was inaugurated. Read full article


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  • Skip


    Not the English? Why do so many people have difficulty with the concept of the UK and confuse it for England...... but they don't confuse Wales with England?


    Jul 01st, 2015 - 03:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    What a load of crap! I wonder what Simon Weston must be thinking!

    ”Falklands War[edit]
    In 1982, the Welsh Guards (CO Lieutenant-Colonel John Rickett) formed part of the 5th Infantry Brigade of the British Task Force sent to liberate the Falkland Islands from Argentinian occupation during the Falklands War. On 7 June they were on board the ill-fated Sir Galahad, which was accompanied by Sir Tristram, waiting to be landed at Bluff Cove though they were delayed from doing so. However, attack was imminent after the landing craft were spotted by Argentinian observers. At 2:00 am, five Dagger and five A-4 Skyhawk aircraft were seen over the Falklands. Shortly afterwards, the Daggers were the first to attack. Only a short time later, the Skyhawks reached Fitzroy, with three of the aircraft hitting the Sir Galahad two or more times with horrific consequences. Sir Tristram was also hit which killed two crewmen, both ships were ablaze. The attack on Sir Galahad culminated in high casualties, 48 dead, 32 of them Welsh Guards, 11 other Army personnel and five crewmen from Sir Galahad herself. There were many wounded, many suffering from horrendous burns caused by fire from the burning ships, the best known being Simon Weston. The burnt-out Sir Galahad was later scuttled at sea to allow her to become a war grave

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 06:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    I guess it's only typical that the Argentines are so keen to celebrate Welsh colonialism whilst continually keeping their knickers in a twist over the English or British version.

    I wonder if it was mentioned at all that the first Welsh settlers were saved from starvation by the Tehuelche Indians, that the Welsh tried to defend the Tehuelche during the Conquest of the Desert, and that victorious BA sought to impose Spanish language and culture on the Welsh at the end of that war?

    Probably not.

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 08:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    “”“”“”“”““I feel proud to represent a country that welcomed and gave a homeland to the Welsh and their values, a country which has always opened its doors to people of all nationalities and cultures, and which continues to do so today”, stated the Argentine diplomat.”“”“”“”“”“”

    So, in others words, the Argentine ambassador is PROUD of their COLONISATION of south america.

    *insert ironic laughter*

    fraking hypocrits

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 09:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The Welsh who went to TDC are long since gone.

    The bunch there now are 100% bat-shit mad argies!

    Simples. No Welsh anywhere close, not even the sheep.


    Jul 01st, 2015 - 11:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron II

    “...... but they don't confuse Wales with England?

    you are not very bright, no skippy?
    it is not that difficult.
    england is the cradle of piracy, slave trade, invasions, lootings and all the calamities you can imagine.
    wales, on the other hand, not.

    so why the fuck are we going to confuse them?

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 01:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Paulie- I seem to recall quite a few Welshmen in the Paras amd Marines who made a lot of Argentinians run away in 1982.
    And have yet to meet a Welsh Veteran who would not be happy to come back and do it all again if needed.
    Same goes of course from the Scottish,Northern Irish ad English Veterans!

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 01:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    6 paulcedron II (#)
    Jul 01st, 2015 - 01:38 pm

    ...“england is the cradle of piracy, slave trade, invasions, lootings and all the calamities you can imagine.
    wales, on the other hand, not.”...

    That is where you are wrong again, paulcedron II, one of the most famous British pirates was Henry Morgan, a true Welshman if ever there was one!!!!!

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Where's tobi to celebrate isolationism?
    Is that window-licker paul-carrion all we have for sport today?

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 02:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PDG0192

    @6: Paulie, your “soldiers” ran away from the Welsh Guards on Mt Harriet and Mt Tumbledown (there was one on Tumbledown). You weren't so embracing back then. And, I can assure you, that the veterans of 1WG would be more than happy to meet you, as stated by Islander1.

    Got it?

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 05:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The welsh politician should have nothing to do with this bunch of liars bullies and thieves,

    after the way Argentina is treating the islanders I think they have a bloody cheek to try and cuddle up to the welsh,

    as for this welsh community, is there a welsh born community in Argentina today, just a thought,

    perhaps CFKs next mission creep will be to send her wise foxes to Scotland , northern Ireland , IOM , channel islands, and try cuddling up to them as well,

    before the final assault on the English,

    sometimes one has to wonder just who are the bloody fools, and who is trying to be wise.

    just an opinion.

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 06:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    6 paulcedron II: Oops! more feet in mouth. “...piracy, slave trade, invasions, lootings ... wales, on the other hand, not.” The first apparent historical invasion was committed by Welsh, here's some more facts to temper your Anglophobia. Welsh pirates facts; Welsh slave traders; “By the mid-eleventh century, most of Wales had become united under the king of Gwynedd, Gruffudd ap Llywelyn. In 1055, he marched on Hereford and sacked the city. He also seized Morgannwg and the Kingdom of Gwent, together with substantial territories east of Offa's Dyke, and raided as far as Chester and Leominster.[3] He claimed sovereignty over the whole of Wales, a claim recognised by the English, and historian John Davies states that Gruffudd was ”the only Welsh king ever to rule over the entire territory of Wales.”.[2] However, after his most powerful ally – Earl Elfgar of Mercia and East Anglia – died, Harold and Tostig Godwinson took advantage of the situation – Gruffudd being besieged in Snowdonia – and invaded Wales. In 1063, Gruffudd was killed by his own men. Harold returned many of the Welsh princes their lands, so that after Harold's death at the Battle of Hastings, Wales was again divided without a leader to resist the Normans.;

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PDG0192

    150 years ago the slow invasion began...............:-)

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Paul just showed his Argentinean education.

    Can't wait till he confuses UK with England again.

    Jul 01st, 2015 - 11:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    There's people of Welsh origin who settled in the Falklands and were welcomed there -so what?

    Jul 02nd, 2015 - 12:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    6 paulcedron II
    Slaves were always prohibited in the British Isles, and banned in the Empire in 1807. Argentina had it's own peculiar remedy for consequences of slavery. “Blackout: How Argentina ‘Eliminated’ Africans From Its History And Conscience”

    Jul 02nd, 2015 - 12:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron II

    terence gil
    so your sources of information are merdopress and ibitimes, eh??
    lol x 1 million.
    read a proper history book.

    Jul 02nd, 2015 - 12:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    17 paulcedron II
    So you can't refute the truth of Argentine sources quoted in a highly regarded US publication. Nor have your comparisons between the English and the Welsh been validated. It seem that your having a less than successful day. But, fortunately that's what happens when all you proffer is your own bigoted and ignorant opinions. I take great personal pleasure in correcting your many failings.

    Jul 02nd, 2015 - 01:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    paulcedron II
    is the typical arrogant man who could turn the ten commandment on its head

    and turn himself into mosses and the nasty commandments into the rest of the world...

    Jul 02nd, 2015 - 06:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alejo

    He seems a bit cocky! Why does he continue with his nonsense about England? It seems to me, then, that we should divide the different provinces of Argentina and then blame “los porteños” for all the malvinista performances and never mention the other provinces.

    Jul 02nd, 2015 - 07:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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