The Welsh Discovered America!!

Having read The Little Book of Wales I realise that it is never too late to learn. I’m sure I was taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America but according to Mark Lawson-Jones it was discovered by Madoc, a Welsh Prince over 300 years before Columbus. Not only that but he set sail from Rhos-on-Sea!.

Perhaps not surprisingly there are quite a few famous Americans who have Welsh ancestry such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bob Hope.

If you want to discover the history of Wales then I would recommend this book. Unlike a couple of other books I have read then it can best be described as a riveting good read. There are lots of factual chapters but also plenty of light-hearted details to amuse and surprise you. I read it cover to cover but you could just as easily dip in and out of it.


Did you know that it is illegal to eat a mince pie on Christmas Day in England but legal to do so in Wales?

I also don’t think I realised until I read this book that Wales is the only nation in the United kingdom not to be represented on the Union Jack! Why is that?

It also seems that sheep out number humans 4 to 1, which is perhaps no surprise nor the fact that I am now part of the largest ethnic minority in Wales!

If you want to start learning Welsh then there is a useful little section on the Welsh alphabet and how the letters are pronounced.

Now that I live in North Wales it is good to see Llandudno and The Great Orme, Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park get a mention in his section on Must See Places in Wales

To quote The History Press ‘It is is an intriguing, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of places, people and history in Wales’.


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