The History of Y Wladfa

Y Wladfa – the Welsh settlement in Patagonia


In 1865, more than 150 intrepid Welsh men, women and children set sail from Liverpool, UK, aboard the Mimosa. Their aim was to establish a settlement in the Chubut Valley in Southern Argentina, 8000 miles across the Atlantic.

Like many emigrants before them, they wished to find a new home in a new country where they could protect their language and culture.

Over the next fifty years, hundreds of Welsh people emigrated there, establishing towns and thriving Welsh communities in which the Welsh language was prominent. The settlement became known as Y Wladfa (pronounced - oo lad va)

Mimosa Ship