Wales Office Minister, Alun Cairns will today visit an exhibition in London marking the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Welsh settlement ‘Y Wladfa’ in Patagonia.
In 1865, a group of around 153 people from across Wales set off from Liverpool on board the tea clipper Mimosa to start a new life in Patagonia.
150 years on, their story is being brought to life through a photographic exhibition by Marcos Zimmerman on display at the Palace of Westminster.
Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns said:
The history of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia is one of the great stories of human migration. It is a story of tenacity and fortitude, driven by the desire for a better life and the dream of establishing a new Wales.
In Patagonia today the interest in the Welsh language, Welsh customs and our way of life is stronger than ever. I am delighted to have the opportunity see this important cultural milestone captured in photograph today.