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Identity, migration, and assimilation are pressing and contentious
issues in many contexts world-wide. In 1865 a Welsh Settlement
was established in Patagonia, in what is now the Chubut Province
of Argentina, and 150 years later, although no longer the dominant
cultural force in that province, the Welsh heritage remains a
significant aspect of life there in a number of ways, not least as regards
language, traditions and tourism. This lecture gives an overview of
the reasons for the establishment of the Settlement, its historical
development, and the current situation. It also uses the Welsh
Settlement in Patagonia as a case-study to explore considerations
regarding identity and immigration which are of universal relevance.


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