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FROM JOARA TO CHIAHA: SPANISH EXPLORATION OF THE APPALACHIAN SUMMIT AREA, 1540-1568

Robin A. Beck, JR.
Southeastern Archaeology
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Winter 1997), pp. 162-169
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40713105
Page Count: 8
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FROM JOARA TO CHIAHA: SPANISH EXPLORATION OF THE APPALACHIAN SUMMIT AREA, 1540-1568
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Abstract

Recent archaeological discoveries at the Berry site in Burke County, North Carolina strongly suggest that the sixteenth century aboriginal town ofjoara, visited by both the Hernando de Soto and Juan Pardo expeditions, was located on the upper Catawba River in present western North Carolina. This paper refines the Soto and Pardo routes from Joara to Chiaha by examining the known distribution of late prehistoric and protohistoric archaeological sites in the Appalachian Summit Area west of the Berry site. Significantly, this study indicates that the Soto and Pardo expeditions likely crossed the Appalachian Summit by different routes.

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