Fort Núñez Gaona
Fort Núñez Gaona (1792-1792) - A Spanish Colonial Fort established in 1792 in present day Neah Bay, Clallam County, Washington. Named Fort Núñez Gaona after Admiral Manuel Núñez Gaona, then a high ranking naval official. The first white settlement in Washington State. Abandoned later in 1792 after only four months of operation.
History of Fort Núñez Gaona
Established in 1792 by Salvador Fidalgo and a small company of Mexican, Peruvian, and Spanish colonists at present day Neah Bay, Washington. Fidalgo and his 83 sailors and soldiers built a fort with six mounted guns, a blacksmith’s shop, barracks, a bakery, and corrals.
The colony and the fort lasted only four months. The men had settled and built their fort on land occupied by the Makah Tribe and relations with the tribe deteriorated rapidly. The settlers were forced abandoned their colony at the end of the summer of 1792.
Now the site of the Fort Núñez Gaona – Diah Veterans Park and Monument in Neah Bay, Washington.
Visited: 4 Sep 2015