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"La Belle: The Ship that Changed History" on 3/7

The Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast will focus on archaeology when it explores “LaBelle: the Ship that Changed History” with author James E. Bruseth, on Tuesday March 7 at a 1 p.m. student session in Landes Auditorium, Galloway Business Building, and a free public lecture, reception, and book signing from 5-7 p.m. in the University Event Center on the 8th floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.

La Belle: The Ship that Changed History is a story of persistence and the quest to find artifacts from La Salle's 17th century sailing journey to the region later known as Southeast Texas and Louisiana.  The location, excavation, and preservation of the lost ship and its over one million artifacts adds to the archaeological knowledge, history, and personal stories of an epic journey to the New World.

Bruseth, the former director of the Texas Historical Commission’s Archeology Division, was responsible for the full excavation of the water-logged La Belle, commissioned by France in 1684, that was discovered in 1995 in Matagorda Bay.

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