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Oldest Fort Built By Europeans In U.S. Interior ... Morganton, NC

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  • JEBar
    a bit more info .... the area near Morganton where the fort was built is known as Joara .... a good bit more history in this link


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  • Oldest Fort Built By Europeans In U.S. Interior ... Morganton, NC

    wow .... news of this find comes as surprise to us .... this is bound to become a major tourist attraction, one we are going to have to make it a point to checkout :

    "Oldest Fort Built By Europeans In U.S. Interior, Spanish 'San Juan' Garrison, Found In North Carolina

    Before there was Jamestown and even before there was Roanoke, there was Spain's Fort San Juan, in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina.

    Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of the fort built by gold-hunting Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and say it's the oldest European garrison ever found in the interior of the United States.

    The settlement around Fort San Juan was occupied for less than two years and it met a rather bloody end — likely brought on by the Spaniards' botched bartering for food and their sexual transgressions with Native American women. But the short-lived fort's traces serve as a reminder of how different U.S. history might have been if Spain had been more successful in its early colonial campaigns.

    The garrison was built by Spanish Captain Juan Pardo and his men in about 1567 near what is today Morganton in western North Carolina, about 300 miles (482 kilometers) inland. It is thought to be the first and the largest of the forts that Pardo established in an attempt to colonize the American South. It's also the only one to have been discovered so far."

    taken from this link