Before the English, before the French, the Spanish constructed the first settlements in the interior of the United States, one of which is in what is now the state of North Carolina. This settlement, known as Fort San Juan, preceded the Lost Colony by nearly 20 years, and the more successful settlement of Jamestown by 40 years. The Spanish conquistador Juan Pardo led a group of explorers to the Native American town of Joara in search of a connecting route between their silver mines in the Zacatecas and the Atlantic Coast. Ultimately, the settlement was not successful. The Native Americans had previous experience with Spanish explorers when Hernando DeSoto's party came into contact with them years before. The impression DeSoto's men left on the Native Americans was a negative one, and though they warily accepted the presence of Pardo's group, their fragile trust soon eroded. Eighteen months after the establishment of Fort San Juan the Native Americans burned it to the ground, and killed all of the Spaniards except for one, who lived to tell the tale.