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Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort San Juan

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, November 13, 2016
1. Fort San Juan Marker
Inscription.  Built by Juan Pardo in 1567 at native town of Joara. Served as Spanish outpost until razed by Indians, 1568. NE 4 mi.
 
Erected 2009 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number N-47.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationHispanic AmericansNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1567.
 
Location. 35° 45.224′ N, 81° 42.978′ W. Marker is in Morganton, North Carolina, in Burke County. Marker is at the intersection of North Green Street (State Highway 181) and Bost Road, on the right when traveling west on North Green Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morganton NC 28655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waightstill Avery (within shouting distance of this marker); André Michaux (within shouting distance of this marker); Quaker Meadows (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morganton
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By Brenda Frye Grimes, March 17, 2018
2. Fort San Juan Marker
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(approx. 1.7 miles away); Burke Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 1.7 miles away); Tod R. Caldwell (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sam J. Ervin, Jr. (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morganton.
 
Additional commentary.
1. First European settlement in interior of what is now U.S.!
This blew me away. I had no idea the Spanish made it this far north, some 40 years before Jamestown, even.
    — Submitted November 13, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
 
Fort San Juan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, November 13, 2016
3. Fort San Juan Marker
Fort San Juan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, November 13, 2016
4. Fort San Juan Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 13, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   2. submitted on March 17, 2018, by Brenda Frye Grimes of Connelly Springs, North Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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