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Highway Historical Marker Erected at Site of Fort San Juan

Four miles north-east of Morganton a highway historical marker was erected to mark the site of Fort San Juan. The fort was a 16th century Spanish outpost named after Captain Juan Pardo who, with a 125 conquistadors, trekked from Florida north to an Indian village called Joara. Pardo's fortification and garrison of 30 soldiers survived eighteen months before being destroyed by its neighbors.
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