Portmadog harbour

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M uba. on June 25, 2007

The view of the small harbour from the road. Legend has it that Prince Madoc of Gwynedd sailed from here to the Americas 400 years before Columbus. Other ports also lay claim to this unproved legend.

Annette Strauch on August 18, 2011

What do you think? Bought a T-shirt once in Welsh in an Eisteddfod with the story on it....Good legend! Did Prince Madoc return?

M uba. on August 18, 2011

Alas, in reality Portmadoc is really a modern town, developed in the early 19th century by a chap called Madocks. The prince's home port is actually unknown but I have seen Abergele on the north coast mentioned. Madoc did return, but only to take a second batch of colonists to the new world. And there they stayed according to legend. The story was resurrected in the 16th century to help support English (and by default Welsh) claims to the new territories. There are legends of fair skinned native american tribes whose language include many welsh words and unusually built stone structures. Who knows the real truth?

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