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Population 2,900,000 (2001)
Area 8,000 square miles
Agriculture and fishing Small farms grow produce for personal consumption; cheese
Animals of the region Birds, including the red kite and puffin, sheep
Culture The works of Dylan Thomas, including Under Milk Wood, based on his home town of Swansea and its residents
Capital and major cities Cardiff, Swansea, St. David’s
Folklore, legends, crafts King Arthur, Merlin, and Camelot ~ Arthur’s Court is reputed to have been in Caerleon, Merlin’s birthplace in Carmarthen. Popular crafts include corn dollies and wooden love spoons
Foods and beverages

Cockles, laver bread (made from dark seaweed), leek & potato soup

Spirits of the Region

Industry and products, past and present Tin mining was a major industry in the last century; tourism
Inventions, discoveries, and notable people Dylan Thomas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Jones, Charlotte Church, Sir Anthony Hopkins; designer Laura Ashley, Dame Shirley Bassey, actors Richard and (daughter) Kate Burton
Musical instruments The human voice (Wales is noted around the world for its superb male choirs); the harp, crwth and hornpipe
Symbols of the region Leek, daffodil, red dragon (draig goch)
Tourist sites Snowdon Mountain Railway, floral garden tours, National parks include Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons
Unique qualities The blue stones (spotted dolomite) in the inner ring of Stonehenge came from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire. The name of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes in WI and AZ is Taliesen, which means “shining brow” in Welsh.


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