Texas Archeology – Mission Relics
Texas's internationally known Spanish Colonial missions in San Antonio are toured by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Less known but no less historically valuable are the structures that stand in ruins, such as Presidio San Sabá. Least known to the public are the remains that exist only as archeological sites, such as mission San Sabá, discovered in 1994 after many years or archeological and archival research. The brief French presence in Texas is exemplified by La Salle's ship Belle, wrecked in Matagorda Bay in 1686. This long-sought underwater site was located in July 1995. While the crucifix is a common artifact of both presidios and missions, the cannon is an almost universal relic of ships from the age of exploration.