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EVANS , JOHN DANIEL ( 1862 - 1943 ), a pioneer in Patagonia ;

b. in Mountain Ash, Glam. , 1862 . He accompanied his parents who went out to the Welsh colony with the first batch of emigrants in 1865 and became one of the finest horsemen in the country, a daring adventurer , and an able leader , so much so, that he was known as ‘ The Baceano ’. He went out several times to explore the pampas , the most celebrated occasion being in 1883 when his party was attacked by Indians in the Kel-Kein valley and his three companions were killed before he himself miraculously escaped on his Malacara pony . He led a party to the Andes in 1885 , when Cwm Hyfryd was discovered; he was one of the first settlers there in 1891 . He spent the remainder of his life in Cwm Hyfryd and d. there 6 Mar. 1943 in his 81st year.

Sources:

  • Eluned Morgan , Dringo'r Andes , Abergavenny, 1904 , 33-41;
  • W. M. Hughes , Ar Lannau'r Camwy , 74-86;
  • R. Bryn Williams , Cymry Patagonia , Aberystwyth, 1942 , 98-105;
  • Straeon Patagonia , Gwasg Aberystwyth, 1946 , 77-105;
  • Transactions of the Old Colwyn National Eisteddfod , 1941 , 1941 , 87;
  • A.F. Tschiffely , This way southward the account of a journey through Patagonia and Tierra de Fuego , 1940 (1940) , 73-6, 296-8.

Author:

Reverend Richard Bryn Williams, M.A., (1902-81), Rhuthyn / Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001