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Matt Marine

Matt Marine is an Arizona resident who loves exploring Arizona's wonderful outdoor adventures. To find out more about Matt, click the link below.

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Cat-Dog is my faithful trail companion. Her real name is Cammie. Why do I call her Cat-Dog?

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Tobey Schmidt

Although I come from the flat lands of Indiana, I now call Arizona home where I love to rock climb, bike, backpack, paddle—and photograph it all. I can’t wait to share my adventures with the readers of Experience Arizona!


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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

The bottom line

This book is a great, quick read on a little known perspective of southern Arizona history. I would buy this book again.

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