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Labour migration and cross-cultural encounters: Welsh copper workers in Chile during the nineteenth century

Jones, Bill 2014. Labour migration and cross-cultural encounters: Welsh copper workers in Chile during the nineteenth century. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru / Welsh History Review 27 (1) , pp. 132-154.

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Abstract

The transference of copper-smelting technology from the Swansea area that accompanied the development of the world copper industry in the nineteenth century has yet to be studied in detail. This article begins to redress this omission by focusing largely on a micro-history of Welsh copper smelters who migrated to Guayacán, near Coquimbo in Chile, in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. It examines the development of a Welsh labour presence in Guayacán and the dynamics of the migration, including motives, networks and recruitment processes. It also explores how the possession of industrial skills shaped cultural and religious encounters between the Welsh and Chileans.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISSN: 0043-2431
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 13:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89430

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