National Geographic : 1965 Jun
Wales, the Wales that the heroes Llywelyn the Great and Owen Glendower knew so long ago. Here was a real people, with real roots, a background, a character, and a soul of their own, which they have achieved over the centuries and will maintain. The All Blacks, it transpired, were New Zealanders; they were not black. The Bar barians were British, and they were not bar barians. On that arena 30 men, masters of the fast and dangerous game of Rugby, showed amazing competence, courage, and expert ness. Again and again the crowd roared its delighted admiration. From the Rugby field to the bottom of a mine is often no distance at all in Wales, especially in the southern valleys made by the Ebbw, the Taff, the Rhymney, and the Rhondda rivers on their way to the sea. Wales Weathers Depression Coal-mining records there go back to the 13th century. Annual production, early in the 20th century, ran a steady 50 million tons, of which 30 million were exported. Welsh steam coal was known at the ends of the earth, and the Bristol Channel ports provided car goes for a thousand tramp steamships a year.