18506Fw: Oldest inland European fort found in Appalachians
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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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