A French mapmaker in 1718 claimed a big chunk of the U.S. and called it La Louisiane.
The large store ship l’Amiable runs aground. Tempers flare and La Salle argues the deed was done on purpose and an act of treason by Caption Aygron. What happens next is in the book!
It’s in the book.
Are there any survivors? It’s in the book.
Where is the statue? How did he die?
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After recovering the cannon, amazingly 1/3 of La Belle is found buried in murky depths of Matagorda Bay along with over 1 million artifacts!
Hailed as the most important shipwreck recovery in North America, a cofferdam is built around La Belle.
Elegant lifting handles on the cannon.
Le Comte de Vermondois. What does it mean?
Given the title Le Comte de Vermondois and designated Admiral of the French Navy at the tender age of two. Sadly, he died at the age of 16. Wonder how the King’s wife felt about all this?
Thanks to a bunch of Aggies who figured out how to preserve her timbers by freeze drying them, La Belle is on display today in the spot reserved for her when the Bob Bullock museum was designed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore Early Texas With La Salle
By Gary A. Williamson April 12, 2017
This excellent historical novel based on "The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, well documented
By Ben Campbell on January 25, 2017
Thirteen Rivers is a well written story of La Salle’s voyage to America in the 1600’s. The purpose was to establish a permanent settlement in the Mississippi valley and solidify France’s claim to La Louisiane. The expedition started with four ships loaded with people and provisions and ended in abject failure due to storms, pirates, Indians, miscalculations, poor judgement, blinding ambition, and plain misfortune.
This book is loaded with misadventures, but I found myself rushing to see what the next chapter would bring.