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18506Fw: Oldest inland European fort found in Appalachians

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  • Jewelle Baker
    Jul 29, 2013
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      Hello Group.....
      Another "info-gem" thanks to Sally Pavia... read below:
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      Subject: Fw: Oldest inland European fort found in Appalachians


      The remains of the earliest European fort in the interior of what is now the
      continental United States have been discovered by a team of archaeologists,
      providing new insight into the start of the U.S. Colonial era and the
      all-too-human reasons spoiling Spanish dreams of gold and glory.
      First fort Spanish Captain Juan Pardo and his men built Fort San Juan in the
      foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in 1567, nearly 20 years before Sir
      Walter Raleigh's "lost colony" at Roanoke and 40 years before the Jamestown
      settlement established England's presence in the region. "Fort San Juan and
      six others that together stretched from coastal South Carolina into eastern
      Tennessee were occupied for less than 18 months before the Native Americans
      destroyed them, killing all but one of the Spanish soldiers who manned the
      garrisons," said University of Michigan archaeologist Robin Beck.
      Beck, an assistant professor in the U-M Department of Anthropology
      and assistant curator at the U-M Museum of Anthropology, is working with
      archaeologists Christopher Rodning of Tulane University and David Moore of
      Warren Wilson College to excavate the site near the city of Morganton in
      western North Carolina, nearly 300 miles from the Atlantic Coast.
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