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)
La Salle Expedition (Real Media)


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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