Davies, Howell D. / Addresses given at the centennial of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, welsh settlement Bethesda Church, town of Nekimi, Winnebago County, July 4-6, 1947: also the register of the 1,013 persons attending and the souvenir program
Davies, Howell D.
The Welsh past, pp. 8-28
page 9 Chicago; 65 miles in length, or 20 miles less than the distance from Milwaukee to Chicago, or about the distance (63 miles) fro Fond du Lac to Milwaukee. And, though surrounded by strong alien cultural, social and political pressures, it ever defied dissolution or absorption. The people partook of the rocky nature of their land, the non-fossil, or oldest in the world, and the hardest, the Cambrian, from which green, blue gray slates are split, 6 to an inch. A population of only a little over 2,000,000 , and yet, though politically merged with England since the Act of Union of 1535, maintaining throughout the years their cultural, linguistic and religious independence. Though honeycombed with the Roman ways for 400 years and though inundated by the Saxon and Norman tidal wave, their cultural rock remained unmoved. Note the tenacity of the language. Though under the Romans 400 years and later under the Normans and English, they kept their language. At least 35% (1931 census) speak Welsh. In 5 shires 800 of every 1000 could. As Rhys Davies says, a million have deliberately chosen not to forget Welsh. There are a score of Welsh weeklies, some 18 monthlies and a half dozen
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