7 peculiar Gwent links with the USA

South Wales Argus: 7 peculiar Gwent links with the USA 7 peculiar Gwent links with the USA

ON THE 4th of July, we bring you eight Gwent connections to the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Do you know of any bizarre links from this part of Wales with the USA? Let us know.

1. World heavyweight champion boxer Joe Louis

South Wales Argus:

Joe Louis, is said to have boxed an exhibition bout at Rodney Parade. The World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949 was based in Newport during the war while serving with the US Army.

2. Johny Weismuller - Tarzan and star of Pontypool swimming gala

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During the 1920’s Tarzan actor and US Olympic medallist Johny Weismuller took part in a swimming event at Nant-y-Gollen Ponds in Pontypool.

3. Newport's poet WH Davies - the American supertramp

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Newport poet WH Davies based his book 'The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp', on his time in the USA between 1893 and 1899. He later lost his leg while jumping from a freight train that was crossing North America.

4. Captain America filmed in Caerwent

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The big-screen adaptation of the popular Marvel comic character it starred Samuel L Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Evans and was filmed at the MoD site in Caerwent. More..

5. Rev Morgan Edwards, founder of Brown University

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Pontypool minister Morgan Edwards, was a joint founder of Ivy League institution, Brown University.

In 1766 the Rev Edwards returned to Europe to raise funds for the planned university, then called The College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

During a year and a half in Great Britain and Ireland, he raised the equivalent of $4,300,including donations from the likes of founding fathers Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Penn, who gave $50 or $100 apiece.

6. Chartist marcher and veteran of the Mexican war, John Rees

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One of the Chartists who marched on Newport fought in the Texan war against Mexico in the 1830s - the same war which saw the famous Battle of the Alamo.

John Rees was one of only 28 survivors of a Mexican massacre. The native of Merthyr Tydfil returned to Wales to take part in the ill-fated march in 1839. He escaped and made his way back to the USA, eventually settling in California.

7. American pioneer Daniel Boone

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American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.

Many believe Daniel's mother, Sarah Morgan, is descended from Gwent stock. Her ancestral roots allegedly extend back to Pencoed Castle in Llandevaud.

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7:36pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Not a link with the USA, but rather the CSA: during the American Civil War the main armaments factory for the Confederate forces was called the Tredegar Iron Works and situated in Richmond, Virginia (capital of the Confederacy). It was established several years prior to 1861 by workers from Tredegar who named the factory after Lord Tredegar.
Not a link with the USA, but rather the CSA: during the American Civil War the main armaments factory for the Confederate forces was called the Tredegar Iron Works and situated in Richmond, Virginia (capital of the Confederacy). It was established several years prior to 1861 by workers from Tredegar who named the factory after Lord Tredegar. Katie Re-Registered
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7:42pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Btw...actually the link with the Texan War of Independence is not a link to the USA. The Battle of the Alamo was fought in 1836 Texas was not part of the United States of America but a separate independent republic. Texas only became absorbed into the USA during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.
Btw...actually the link with the Texan War of Independence is not a link to the USA. The Battle of the Alamo was fought in 1836 Texas was not part of the United States of America but a separate independent republic. Texas only became absorbed into the USA during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Katie Re-Registered
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8:43am Sun 6 Jul 14

JJ1980 says...

What about the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia? It was founded by Tredegar born Rhys Davis and played a massive part in the American Civil War. It's a huge tourist attraction today too.
What about the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia? It was founded by Tredegar born Rhys Davis and played a massive part in the American Civil War. It's a huge tourist attraction today too. JJ1980
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