Earliest Spanish Settlement In North America Found In North Carolina.

by Daniel Russ on September 7, 2013

 

 

 Morgantown NC Today

 

This is really cool. In the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, archeologists have located the remnants of a 16th century redoubt built by Spanish explorers. People forget the Spanish empire was ambitious and monied and they left a footprint in almost every corner of the world.

 

Expeditions under the purview of Juan Pardo froom 1566 to 1568 exposed the huge interior territories that the Spanish were looking for. These discoveries should rewrite history texts as these predate Sir Walter Raleigh and the Croatan settlement. As strange as it sounds, there as a Fort San Juan in the Smokey Mountains. Of course Hernando De Soto crossed some of these territoes only a decade previously, but Juan Pardo established a half dozen fortifications n the Eastern Tennessee Mountains.

 

Only one of the six forts built by Pardo have been found, but this one features classic moats used in European theaters for 1000 years. Also there is evidence of harden storage houses to keep gunpowder and other weaponry.

The forts were apparently destroyed by Indians in an uprising. The Pardo fort located north of Morgantown North Carolina would be the very first European outpost and garrison built in the New World.

 

Source: Wiki

 

 

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Louis September 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

This is a bit US-centric I think: The Pardo fort located north of Morgantown North Carolina would be the very first European outpost and garrison built in the New World.
From 1492 onward all european powers able to project power across the atlantic ocean build garrison in the New World. The Caribean, and both South- and Middle-America are also parts of the New World, not just the parts that eventually became the United States if America.

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