Oldest European fort in the inland U.S. discovered in Appalachians
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 08:37 AM PDT
The remains of the earliest European fort in the interior of what is now the 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.
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.
maybe they’ll decide they want it back?…
Which “they” ?
the Spanish! 😉
Hmmm. Perhaps a claim as “historical artifact” could be made? Wouldn’t work in St. Augustine or the Louisiana Territory, or the Philippines …. or anywhere else, but if some Spanish bones are dug up (and identified) they might be able to lay claim to those. Doyathin’?