On the 4th of July, 1776, a group of colonists signed and published a declaration of their independence from English rule.
This was the first time (and the last time), that an English colony declared, in writing, its independence without a bloody battle beforehand. The bloody battles followed.
Among the signers of this declaration were eighteen men who were of Welsh heritage (some sources say fully half the signers, that is 28). In their and their forefathers’ country, though many battles were fought over hundreds of years, no independence or meaningful declaration of independence was forthcoming.
Even now, two hundred and thirty-eight years after Welsh colonists on the North American continent had thrown off the bitterness of English domination, their distant relations in their home country are still under the thumb of a foreign monarch.
Is it any wonder that the United States of America is so beloved by the Welsh? My ancestors and living cousins have a vested interest in the country of my birth. My Welsh and American heritage are the consequences of their determination to change their lives, some of whom arrived as indentured servants and destitute, with hope as their only treasure.
Though none of my ancestors were among the signers of whom I am aware…, I thank Button Gwinnett, Joseph Hewes, George Wythe, John Penn, Lewis Morris, William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Caesar Rodney, Francis Hopkinson, William Ellery, John Adams, William Williams, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Stephan Hopkins, George Ross, Robert Morris (who was the foremost financer of the War of Independence), George Clymer among all the other fifty-six signers whose bravery and foresight enabled us to enjoy the fruits of their hope for the future.
Sources for this article: The Welsh Americans, Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Idaho Welsh Society, Declaration Image, Signers Image