Some more Facts and Trivia Jack Daniels of American whiskey fame was of Welsh descent, his family came from Aberystwyth! Our turbulent history involved battles with the Romans,Saxons,Vikings, Normans, followed by the English. In the middle ages our battles with the English took hold and dragged on for centuries (and still does, but only on the rugby fields).
Wales comes from the Anglo-saxon word Waleas meaning "foreigner" Charles Stewart Rolls, of "Rolls Royce" was born in Monmouth. A Welshman Harri Tudur founded the Tudor dynasty, and later became Henry V11. There are more castles per sq mile than any country in Western Europe! In Wales, May13th 1897, Marconi made the world's first wireless broadcast between Lavernock near Penarth, and Flat Holm island in the Bristol channel
The Welsh Society of Philadelpha claims to be the oldest ethnic society in the United States. In 1729 a group of Welsh people living in the city founded the society of ancient Britons to honour St David, patron saint of Wales. Benjamin Franklin often attended their banquets. After the revolution in which many Welshman fought for independance,the group reorganised under it's present name, and has been active in Welsh / American affairs for the past 260 years The letters K, Q, V and Z do not appear in the Welsh alphabet. Robert Recorde of Pembrokeshire, invented the equals = sign. Mount Everest is named after Welshman surveyor Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire.
There is a colony in the Chubut Province of Argentina named Y Wladfa (“The Colony”)
this Welsh settlement began in 1865. Today, it is believed that approximately 2,000 – 5,000 speak Welsh as
their first language!
Cardiff became the capital of Wales in 1955, previously there was no capital city since Wales was a Principality of