Are you an American or Canadian of Welsh descent from the North Wales area? Ever wanted to visit sites of specific American Welsh interest in Snowdonia and Ynys Mon/Anglesey? If so, read on.
This tour which is being organised by Celticos and jointly promoted by Celticos and AmeriCymru has been designed with an American Welsh audience in mind.
From the founding fathers to the present day, Wales has played a significant yet understated role in the history and development of the USA. Likewise America on Wales. From the Declaration of Independence (see Fort Belan ) to the descendants of Americas most historically significant Presidents, North West Wales influence on American history is huge.
Come and discover the dramatic coast of Aberffraw in Anglesey, where it is believed in 1170 that Prince Madog ab Owain Gwynedd set sail westward to escape a power struggle at home to land in Alabama and settle with The Mandan Indians (who when discovered centuries later could supposedly count to 10 in Welsh and lived in welsh-type long houses).
In Snowdonia we visit the birthplace of Thomas Jeffersons forefathers, learn of direct links to the assassination of JFK and visit where 16 of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence hailed from. We even have tales of men who left rural Snowdonia to fight in the American Civil War
This is a tour that will astound you. Here are six highlights from this exciting two day itinerary:-
- Where Madoc sailed from to discover America.
- Llanberis where there is a stone for President Jefferson
- Homes of other prominent Americans
- More recent events such as the GI camps in the area and the American sea planes which came across to the Menai Straits.
- Fort Belan's interesting story.
The folks at Celticos are making two FREE places available to the winner of our competition. All you need do to secure your place in the competition is nominate your favourite Welsh American or American of Welsh descent. This could be a historical figure, a popular entertainer or an iconic figure of any kind. We will then take a vote on the site and if your nominee wins YOU are the winner of this fabulous prize ( cash value $240 ).
You can claim your prize any time after tours start ( Easter 2013 ) and prizes are transferable SO if you cant get over to Wales for a while you can gift them to family or friends. We are accepting nominations between now and February 21st. Voting will run throughout the last week of February and the winner will be announced on March 1st. Post your nominations below.
Keep checking back for a series of features on all of the fascinating sites you will visit on this tour. We will be adding one a week between now and St David's Day ( March 1st )
N.B. Entries from our members in Wales and the UK generally are welcome. Be sure to enter early and pick a likely winner. Pob Lwc
Bonus quiz question: What is the name of the fort pictured on the left and what is its significance in Welsh and Welsh American history?
Tip: Search the Celticos website for the answer and post below. No prizes for this I'm afraid.
updated by @ceri-shaw: 12/13/15 08:02:17PM