Spanish documents describe Irish settlement in South Carolina

Early 16th century Spanish explorers in North America reported the existance of a settlement in modern-day South Carolina of people with "red to brown hair, tan skin and gray eyes." The settlement was called Duhare.

Accounts from explorers and early settlers discussed trading with Duhare and were published in De Orbe Novo (About the New World) by Peter Martyr d'Anghiera, an historian and professor, who was appointed by Carlos V to be chronicler for the new Council of the Indies.

Experts speculate that the colony may have been settled by the Irish.