Cactus Cymry Book Review
By Matt Marine
Cactus Cymry takes an in-depth look at the Welsh who immigrated to Arizona to escape the economic and social crisis in Wales. The Arizona Territory was a wild and ruthless place in the late 1800s. It took a special kind of person to live and thrive in this harsh environment. Some of them were ranchers, farmers, miners, businessmen, thieves and sometimes murderers.
Most Arizona residents (including myself) do not know how influential the Welsh were in Arizona's history. Jude Johnson's book, Cactus Cymry changes that.
I enjoyed reading this book from the Welsh perspective (different from a generic historical read). I discovered many interesting facts, including information on a Tucson icon, Sam Hughes, that was particularly fascinating (and a little disturbing).
But this book isn't just for those interested in Welsh history. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about southern Arizona history and some of the more influential people who shaped it.
I also had the chance to interview Jude regarding Cactus Cymry, her other books and Experiencing Arizona. Click here to read the interview.
Where to buy (and find additional information on Jude Johnson and Cactus Cymry):
Open Books Press
Jude Johnson's Website
Very interesting and entertaining.
Information on Sam Hughes (and others) that is not well-known.
The brief history of Wales and the Arizona Territory. These were very well done: short, entertaining and to the point.
Stories about life in Arizona during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Too short. I would like to read more about some of these people. Maybe another chapter about life in general during that time to set the stage for the rest of the book
This book is a great, quick read on a little known perspective of southern Arizona history. I would buy this book again.