The La Salle Expedition

Steve Hoyt, Texas Historical Commission archeologist explains the significance of the La Salle Expedition and the excavation of the La Belle.

La Salle Expedition (Windows Media)
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Portrait of Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle

Locations of La Belle Shipwreck and Fort St. Louis

Bronze cannon recovered from wreck of La Belle

Excavation inside of a cofferdam

Cask of axe heads from wreck

Well preserved coil of rope from wreck

Brass trade goods from wreck

Hull of the La Belle inside the cofferdam with most of the artifacts removed

Reconstruction of La Belle hull in conservation tank at Texas A&M University

Model of La Belle based on historic and archeological evidence

Fort St. Louis archeological excavation

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