In May 1865, 153 men, women and children set sail from Liverpool to travel to the other side of the world. Their dream was to build a new homeland, somewhere they could speak Welsh, govern themselves and pursue their religion and culture without interference. A romantic vision that took them 8,000 miles to the remote Chubut valley in Argentina.
So did their dream of a Welsh utopia come true? And what impact did their arrival have on indigenous people who already called this region home?
Mukti Jain Campion speaks to Professor Lucy Taylor of Aberystwyth University who has studied the archives of the Welsh in Patagonia, and Gareth Jenkins who has traced a family from his own village in Montgomeryshire that was amongst the early migrants.
A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum
Producer: Mukti Jain Campion
Readings: Adrian Preater
Music: Shakira Malkani
Singer: Gareth Evans
Image credit: Osbert Parker from his video Timeline, as featured in the Migration Museum's Departures exhibition.
Exhibition: This podcast accompanies the exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain at the Migration Museum in London. For more information, visit: www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/departures.