First Mission Period 1566 - 1587
Located in the Carolina hinterland, probably on the Wateree River, became the site of one of the very small blockhouses and garrisons scattered through that hinterland in the latter half of the 1560s by Juan Pardo and his lieutenant, Hernando de Moyano. Juan Pardo left four soldiers and a priest at Guatari in 1566 before heading back to Santa Elena. In 1567 Pardo expanded the garrison somewhat. In July of 1568 Fr. Rogel referred to Guatari, Chiaha, and Joada, and two other unnamed hinterland blockhouses as ones whose garrisons had been eliminated by the natives. However, the priest, Fr. Montero, reportedly remained at Guatari until 1572 when ill health forced his withdrawal.
REFERENCES Dr. John H. Hann
"Summary Guide to Spanish Florida Missions and Vistas with Churches in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries"
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