Guillermo Williams (Prifysgol San Juan Bosco)
The aim of this article is to analyse the different readings available regarding the history of the Welsh settlement within official narratives of the past in Chubut Province, Argentina. This not only includes the products of the provincial state, but also those of other actors in Chubut society, including the Welsh community itself. In order to do this, the analysis will focus on interpretations produced over three periods: firstly, between the 1930s and 1955, when Chubut was a national territory; secondly, a portion of the first years of the existence of Chubut Province between 1958 and 1975; and finally, between the 1980s and the present, with particular attention given to the celebrations of the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the landing of the first settlers in 2015. The changes observed between different historical narratives, as well as the elements of continuity between them, are also considered. Throughout these three periods, it is shown that official narratives of Chubut’s past have placed the history of Welsh colonization as a cornerstone for the establishment of the province, giving it a hegemonic role.
History, memory, official narratives, the Welsh settlement, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina.
Williams, G. (2023), 'Darllen ac ysgrifennu gorffennol y Wladfa: dadleuon am hanes a chof yn ymsefydliad Cymreig Chubut' (cyf. Brooks, W.), Gwerddon, 36, 28-48. https://doi.org/10.61257/GIST9419