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Fort San Juan and the Town of Joara in Sixteenth-Century North Carolina

October 21, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

5:30 pm: Reception and viewing of the exhibition Chronicles of Empire: Spain in the Americas, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
6:00 pm: Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

David Moore (UNC PhD 1999), professor of anthropology and archaeology at Warren Wilson College and supervisor of excavations at the archaeological site of Joara, will discuss a fascinating and little-known episode of North Carolina, Native American, and Spanish American history. Joara, near present-day Morganton, NC, may have been one of the largest Native towns in the sixteenth-century Piedmont region of North Carolina. In January 1567, Spanish soldiers led by Juan Pardo reached the community, as they marched toward Mexico from coastal South Carolina. There they built a fort—Fort San Juan—the earliest European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States. That settlement would end violently eighteen months later, when the native people of Joara burned and destroyed the fort.
This lecture is sponsored by the North Carolina Collection and the Rare Book Collection, in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of the Americas commemoration “One Hundred Years of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1915-2015” and the exhibition Chronicles of Empire: Spain in the Americas.
For more information, contact Liza Terll at or (919) 548-1203.



October 21, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm