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Wales Travel
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Wales is one of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Rich in history and natural beauty, Wales has a culture distinct from the rest of the UK. Travellers are attracted to Wales because of its beautiful landscape, the wide open spaces of its stunning national parks and the wealth of history and culture.



Wales was once an independent, though rarely unified nation, but after King Edward I defeated Llywelyn the Last in 1282, the nation fell under the jurisdiction of England. However, Wales remains a bastion of Celtic culture and the Welsh language continues to be widely spoken to this day, especially in rural areas. Over the centuries, there have been minor revolts aimed at gaining independence, but generally Wales has accepted its position as a member of the UK, and indeed the first in the line of the 15th and 16th century Tudor monarchs who ruled both England and Wales as a united country, Henry VII, was Welsh, as was the early 20th century prime minister David Lloyd George. In 1999, the first elected National Assembly for Wales, sitting in Cardiff, devolved minor law making powers to Wales and gave the nation certain rights for local decision making.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, south east Wales was mainly dominated by coal mining and steel production, while the rest of the principality was devoted to agriculture. Outside of that, the ports of Cardiff and Swansea had established themselves as commercial centers, offering banking, shopping and insurance facilities, and there were pockets of fun-fair type tourist resorts on the north coast at places such a Rhyl and Llandudno.

In recent years, coal mining has ceased and heavy industry declined. However, Wales' stunning mountainous and coastal scenery has lent itself to tourism developing as a major alternative source of revenue for the region. Furthermore, throughout the transformation, both Cardiff and Swansea have retained their rankings as centers of commerce, while at the same time attracting many cutting-edge, high-tech industries to their areas. A blue class super computer installed at Swansea University is enhancing Wales' standing in this respect.
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