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Raising LaBelle
     

Raising LaBelle

by Mark G. Mitchell
 

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Under the mud below twelve feet of water lay La Belle, the prized ship of famous French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle. In 1995 the ship was discovered by the Texas Historical Commission. For the next year, archeologists labored to extract the ship and her amazing cargo. The excavation made headlines worldwide. The Belle was the last hope of escape from Fort St.

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Under the mud below twelve feet of water lay La Belle, the prized ship of famous French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle. In 1995 the ship was discovered by the Texas Historical Commission. For the next year, archeologists labored to extract the ship and her amazing cargo. The excavation made headlines worldwide. The Belle was the last hope of escape from Fort St. Louis, a Texas settlement in trouble. When the ship sank, the fort’s inhabitants—including pirates, missionaries, and orphans—confronted an unmapped wilderness and hostile Karankawa Indians. Raising La Belle interweaves highlights of one of America’s most exciting archeological finds with the story of Texas’ lost French colony.

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In 1995, Texas State marine archeologists discovered the first artifact of the sunken ship La Belle. This ship, once owned by the French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, was buried deep beneath the waters of the Matagorda Bay. This body of water, located on the East Coast of Texas, became the site for one of the most exciting shipwreck discoveries in the twentieth century. La Salle dedicated his life to pioneering new land for France. He naturally gravitated towards the ways of the wilderness and the life of the native Indians living within it. La Salle learned from the Seneca Iroquois of a water passageway that lead from the Great Lakes, to the Gulf of Mexico and finally to the "lucrative Orient" (a hypothesis that would be later negated). The mission to find the Mississippi, the infamous passageway, and its delta was successful. However, the return to it with 250 pioneers, supplies, and materials for colonizing was not. La Salle never found the river again, sinking ships and losing his life in the process. This book gives a detailed and exciting account of La Salle's trip while at the same time detailing the excavation of the sunken La Belle. The two stories are intertwined creatively and the ink sketches accompanying the story support the sometimes lofty detail. 2002, Eakin Press, Ages 9 to 15.
— Andrea Sears Andrews

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ISBN-13:
9781571685353
Publisher:
Eakin Press
Publication date:
11/01/1901
Series:
Professor Wigglestix and the Weather Ser.
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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