Gwalia Patagonia

Language: English

ISBN: 9781848518841

Current Publication Date: 2015

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 240

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"They are tough, independent, and undemonstrative people, not the singers and dreamers one associates with Wales, but a different breed altogether, churchgoers, sheep-farmers, tenaciously Protestant, with a great sentiment for a homeland they have never seen and for a language few speak." Paul Theroux in The Old Patagonian Express. Part history, part oral history, Gwalia Patagonia traces the steps of the first Welsh settlers in Patagonia, who, 150 years ago, took an old language into a new land. Along the way, we encounter legendary giants and Andean condors, devil spirits and chapel-worshippers, and hear how the descendants of the first families view their history in the twenty-first century. Written in Jon Gower’s inimitable style, it is a treasure trove of personal accounts and impressions, bringing new dimensions to a familiar tale.