First Mission Period 1566 - 1587

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Located deeper into the Carolina hinterland than Guatarj and identical with Hemando de Soto's Xuala, was the site of a blockhouse named Fort Juan. This village, described as at the foot of the mountains, housed a garrison of fifteen under Moyano in 1566 that was raised to thirty-one in 1567. Barcia's reference to this district as in the province of Cacique Coava raises the possibility that Joada was the location and identity of the Coaba in the cordillera of Apalache 150 leagues from St. Augustine that appears on a version-of the 1655 mission list. Coaba is omitted on other versions of that list and does not seem to be mentioned elsewhere in the seventeenth-century documentation.

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