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The pueblo was built on a mesa for defensive purposes, keeping rival raiding tribes at bay.
Jamestown, Virginia: In May 1607, English explorers with the Virginia Company landed on Jamestown Island, 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Almost immediately the colonists were attacked by Algonquian natives, who would continue with their attacks for years, and the newcomers were forced to build a wooden fort.
Jamestown was named the capital of Virginia until the statehouse burned down in 1698 and the capital moved to Williamsburg.
The town effectively became a ghost town with only a few occupants until a military post was located at Jamestown during the American Revolution, and in 1861 the island was occupied by Confederate soldiers who built an earth fort impede a Union advance up the James River.