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November 11, 2014

Welsh-speaking Native Americans

In 1792 John Evans, a 22-year-old farmhand and weaver from the village of Waunfawr in the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales,
responded to a plea from the great Welsh cultural mischief-maker Iolo Morganwg to settle, for once and for all time, the quandary of whether there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog, who was widely believed (especially by Welsh historical revisionists) to have discovered America in 1170. With the aid of a loan from a gullible friend, Evans set sail to Baltimore to begin the greatest of adventures, whereupon he set off on foot and disappeared into the Allegheny Mountains with one dollar and seventy-five cents to his name, in search of the lost tribe.
American Interior | Roads & Kingdoms

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 11, 2014 5:30 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Just south and west of Lancaster, PA, is a small community of Welsh speaking people. They have a small church where the sermons are delivered in Welsh and the youngsters come in to study their great great grandparents' language.

Posted by: Mother Effingby [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2014 6:30 AM

Quickly! They're the most minor of minorities. We need to establish a boatload of entitlements for them, some in the future we can welsh on.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2014 8:20 AM

I hope they don't do as the Acadians did.

The Acadians are the descendants of the 17th-century French colonists who settled in Acadia, many of whom are metis. The colony was located in what is now Eastern Canada's Maritime provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island), as well as part of Quebec, and present-day Maine to the Kennebec River.

The British, together with New England legislators and militia, carried out the Great Expulsion of 1755–1764 during and after the war years. They deported approximately 11,500 Acadians from the maritime region.

Many Acadians migrated to Spanish colonial Luisiana, present day Louisiana state, where they developed what became known as Cajun culture.

All that's left of their culture is the lingo, the food, and The Big Easy.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 12, 2014 5:07 AM

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