New Cambria

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New Cambria
Cambru Newydd (Cambric)
Rhysiogan colony

1594–1616


The flag of New Cambria, adopted in 1595.
Elements of this flag were adopted for the flags of the Cambria Colony and the Kingdom of Cambria.

Capital Brynderwyn
Languages Cambric
Government Constitutional monarchy
Monarch
 • 1594-1616 Morys I
Governor
 • 1594-1601 Cefin Madoc
 • 1601-1612 Merfyn ap Rhys
 • 1612-1616 Arwel Surwen
History
 • Established 15 June 1594
 • Ingerish annexation 3 April 1616
Currency Darnar
Today part of Vodeo Flag.png Vodeo


Not to be confused with Cambria, Tircambry, or the Cambric language.

New Cambria (Cambric: Cambru Newydd) was a Rhysiogan colony located on the east coast of equatorial Tarephia in modern-day Vodeo between 1594 and 1616. Established by Rhysiogans seeking religious freedom, it was the first colonial venture of the Cambry kingdoms.

The area comprising New Cambria had been home to a number of Beha tribes prior to Ulethan contact in the late 15th and 16th centuries. Castellanese settlers had established the colony of Nuevo Taredo at Longlac Bay in 1498, but abandoned it following the Tribes' Uprising of 1505. In 1593 a Rhysiogan expedition under the sponsorship of King Morys I sailed from Aberffenwy to search for land to colonise; after examining a number of possible locations along the way, the settlers arrived in Brynderwyn Bay on 14 June 1594 and established the town of Brynderwyn and colony of Cambru Newydd the following morning.

The arrival of Ingerish troops on 1 April 1616 signalled the end of Rhysiogan rule in New Cambria. On 3 April Brynderwyn was captured and Ingerish rule over the colony proclaimed by Ingerish explorer and general Sir Albert Ford. Governor Arwel Surwen and the colony's troops were escorted back to Rhysiog, although as a means of placating Morys I the continuation of the colony's religious freedoms was guaranteed by Ford. The colony's Ingerish name, New Cambria, was made official (although the "New" would be dropped by the mid-1620s); the modern-day Vodean province of Cambria derives its name from the colony.

Despite the end of Rhysiogan rule in New Cambria, Cambry migration to the area continued, albeit in fewer numbers than before Ingerish annexation. Today around 20 per cent of Cambria's population can trace its ancestry to the colony of New Cambria.