Slow summer board, so ran across this and thought I'd share.
An archaeological team from Michigan, Tulane, and Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC), discovered the remnants of an old Spanish fort in North Carolina. The unearthed garrison is from the 16th century and predates the earliest English settlments (like Roanoke). The site is believed to be Fort San Juan, which is one of six such military outposts scattered across the Appalachian range. Long story short, these forts lasted a mere 18 months before relations with the native Mississippian tribe went South, and all forts were burnt to the ground. The Spanish didn't rebuild.
Not every day one can link to history.com. Enjoy.
Note, on the website the picture of the fort is credited to the University of Michigan.