Move Over Jamestown: First Inland U.S. Settlement in NC Mountains?



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Spanish colonization in western North Carolina.

Yeah! Years ago when My Family were staying Asheville during Summer "almost weekend visit" to the area and Biltmore Estate, at the Pisgah Inn, an older fellow was staring out the Inn Restaurant window at the view, and We stuck-up a conversation about the history of the area and the Parkway, and said something about the Spanish attempting to explore the area, when DeSoto was exploring through to Tennessee and came upon all the lakes and rivers over near Knoxville, then DeSoto changing his trek because of "unfriendly Indians," so he worked his way back through the area, then into Georgia, which later took him to the 'Mighty Mississpy' and then he lost his life. The Old Guy said the Spanish had come into the area first, but didn't stay long and he didn't mention any forts. But these were at least two different adventures that came and went. Caught spotty bit and pieces over the years, usually a story here there and area a long the present day Georgia-South Carolina Line and the River, most of it known as the Savannah River. Until this particular story about the digs and artifacts had heard or seen much since those old days. When Our Family lived in Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC, We used to make Summer trips to the Mountains one year and the next, scratch together enough to rent a place at the (SC) beaches. Always liked visiting Historical places and picking up momentoes at the shops. pic Nicked in the Parks all around the area, and still read about the Early Europeans to venture into the area... and manage to stay from the late 1600 and early 1700s to the present day. Would be very interesting to establish for sure the exact places and site the Spanish establish and maybe more facts on how they didn't succeed in these parts, except for Florida, some what, but were establish in the Southwest even after the failure of the colony at Roanoke Island ("Lost Colony!") and where those settlers actually went! And maybe survived after all. Heard at times that the natives, like the Catawba and Cherokee Nations had encountered 'pale-faces' before the others from England, France, and different 'German' nations began taking over the land and settling by the thousands, Now! I wish I could have gotten the old fellowers' name, but We on back to Charlotte, NC and life went on from there. Just seemed like one of those pasing moments you recall in later years, and yet there have been many stories told in North Carolina lore and history And there were the 'Brown Mountain' Lights! Still, as I understand it one many North Carolina mysteries. So, the Spanish-Europeans were in the area first! Hey!

John G. O'connell, III more than 2 years ago

St. Augustine 1565

St. Augustine was the first continuously occupied European settlement in present day United States. It was established in 1565. This year predates the establishment of the settlement that has been discovered in North Carolina by 2 years.

Valerie more than 2 years ago

As noted in the article, yes?

Your point being? St. Augustine was noted in the article.

Will more than 2 years ago

Love St. Augustine visits

READ MORE: ... differentiated between interior and coastal settlements.
..... is now considered to be the earliest known European settlement in the interior of the United States (that is, aside from coastal areas such as St. Augustine, Florida.).

Randy more than 2 years ago

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