Issue 4

Y Wladfa: Gwladychu heb drefedigaethu? (Y Wladfa: Settlement without colonisation?)

This paper offers a fresh analysis of a number of aspects of Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, by bringing into the discussion the notion of ‘liminality’ as interpreted by postcolonial theory. After providing some historical background of the settlement that takes full account of the Argentinean perspective, we set out to explore the pronounced duality characteristic of the Welsh pioneers in Chubut in their stance as virtual colonisers and colonised. This double consciousness, which can be traced back to the very origins of the Fenter Fawr, is studied both in a general context and with particular reference to the complex relationship that developed between the Welsh immigrants and Patagonia’s original peoples.


Y Wladfa, Patagonia, settlement, colonisation.


Lublin, G. (2009), 'Y Wladfa: Gwladychu heb drefedigaethu?', Gwerddon, 4, 8-23. 

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