Prince Madoc and the Welsh Indians: A Persistent Frontier Myth

Presented by Ronald Fritze, Ph.D., professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Athens State University

Why would anyone think that there was a tribe of Welsh Indians? Who was Prince Madoc? What does he have to do with Alabama? One of the most persistent myths of the American frontier is the belief in the existence of Welsh Indians. It began in Elizabethan England and continued to be commonly accepted as historical fact up to the beginning of the 20th century. The in-between is a fascinating story of mythic sea voyages, tribes wandering the wilderness, and centuries of mistaken reports and fantasies about sightings of Welsh Indians that even included a landfall at Mobile Bay and Lewis and Clark.

A screen and projector are requested for an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

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ron.fritze@athens.edu
(256) 233-6524
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