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Swansea is well known as being the second city of Wales, but did you know….
1. The first human fossil was found near Swansea
In 1823, the first ever example of a human fossil was dug up in the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea. It was named the ‘Red Lady of Paviland’ – even though the remains were from a man – and dated back over 33,000 years! The fossil had been dyed red as a result of the red ochre in the surrounding rocks, hence the name ‘Red Lady’.
2. Swansea was once the home of a marauding Norseman.
Back in the year 100AD, Swansea was known as ‘Sweins Ey’, which roughly translates to ‘Swein’s Island’. No one actually knows who Swein was, but according to legend he was a Norse warrior who used Swansea as his base to raid other parts of Wales.
3. Swansea was once known by a rather odd nickname.
Ever heard of Copperopolis? Probably not, seeing as it was what Swansea was nicknamed from the late 18th Century into the 19th Century. Swansea can thank the booming copper industry that existed in the city at that time for this odd nickname.
4. Swansea was once the home to a particularly heroic dog.
Ever heard of a dog called Swansea Jack? If not, you should know that this pooch was something of a local legend back in his time. Over the course of his seven year life, Swansea Jack saved 27 people from drowning in the River Tawe between 1930-1937.
5. Swansea City AFC was the first Welsh team to be promoted to the England Premier League.
In 2011, Swansea City smashed Reading 4-2 in the Championship Play-off Final at Wembley. This victory earned them promotion to the Premier League, and also meant that they were the first Welsh team to do so.