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Fort San Juan and the Limits of Empire: Colonialism and Household Practice at the Berry Site

Robin A. Beck, Christopher B. Rodning, and David G. Moore


Archaeological investigations at the Berry site, located along the upper Catawba River in what is now western North Carolina, are shining significant new light on the processes and practices of colonialism in the Americas, as this borderland location was the northern frontier of Spain’s long reach. Here, in December 1566 at a Native American town named Joara, Captain Juan Pardo built a garrison, Fort San Juan, and manned it with 30 soldiers. Occupied for nearly a year and a half, this fort was the earliest European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States. Berry, a site of i ... More

Keywords: colonialism, Juan Pardo, Spanish Empire, Catawba River, Joara

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813061597
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin A. Beck, editor
University of Michigan

Christopher B. Rodning, editor

David G. Moore, editor

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