The wreck of the Belle, the ruin of La Salle / Robert S. Weddle.

By: Weddle, Robert SMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University: no. 88.Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, c2001Edition: 1st edDescription: xvii, 327 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cmISBN: 158544121X (alk. paper); 9781585441211 (alk. paper)Subject(s): La Salle, Robert Cavelier, sieur de, 1643-1687 | La Belle (Frigate) | Explorers -- North America -- Biography | Explorers -- France -- Biography | Mississippi River Valley -- Discovery and exploration -- French | Mexico, Gulf of -- Discovery and exploration -- French | Shipwrecks -- Texas -- Matagorda Bay | Matagorda Bay (Tex.) -- Antiquities | France -- Colonies -- America -- History -- 17th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Wreck of the Belle, the ruin of La Salle.; Online version:: Wreck of the Belle, the ruin of La Salle.DDC classification: 976.4/132 | 923/.9/73 LOC classification: F352 | .W4 2001
Contents:
Foreword / Jim Bruseth -- The Price of Glory -- Navio Quebrado: Derelict at San Bernard -- "Our Wise Commander": On the Path to Glory -- "A Step from Madness": The Wreck of Ships and Dreams -- Seeds of Confusion: The River of Mystery -- A New Direction -- The Pawn Game: In the Hands of the Schemers -- Storm Flags: Forecast of Failure -- The Parting Gun: A Farewell to France -- Voyage of Destiny: The Hidden River -- The Lost Colony -- Unhappy Landing: Shipwreck and Savagery -- The Hostile Shore: "A Curse upon Our Labors," -- The Fort That Never Was: "Saint-Louis of Texas," -- Fatal Journey: Vengeance and Reprisal -- Legacy of Deceit: The Bitter Fruit -- Postscript: In the Backwash of Dreams.
Summary: The acclaimed historian Robert Weddle reveals the true story of the explorer La Salle and his ship the Belle. An in depth history of the exploration of La Salle and the archaeological dig of the vessel La Belle.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-311) and index.

Foreword / Jim Bruseth -- The Price of Glory -- Navio Quebrado: Derelict at San Bernard -- "Our Wise Commander": On the Path to Glory -- "A Step from Madness": The Wreck of Ships and Dreams -- Seeds of Confusion: The River of Mystery -- A New Direction -- The Pawn Game: In the Hands of the Schemers -- Storm Flags: Forecast of Failure -- The Parting Gun: A Farewell to France -- Voyage of Destiny: The Hidden River -- The Lost Colony -- Unhappy Landing: Shipwreck and Savagery -- The Hostile Shore: "A Curse upon Our Labors," -- The Fort That Never Was: "Saint-Louis of Texas," -- Fatal Journey: Vengeance and Reprisal -- Legacy of Deceit: The Bitter Fruit -- Postscript: In the Backwash of Dreams.

The acclaimed historian Robert Weddle reveals the true story of the explorer La Salle and his ship the Belle. An in depth history of the exploration of La Salle and the archaeological dig of the vessel La Belle.

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Historical archeologists discovered in 1995 the remains of the Belle, a sunken ship from the colonizing venture led by the Sieur de La Salle during the mid 1680s along the present-day western Gulf coast. Subsequent extensive archaeological excavations of both this ship and La Salle's nearby settlement on land have unearthed a plethora of artifacts that have geometrically increased historical knowledge about the first European expedition to settle what is now Texas. The Texas Historical Commission, which is overseeing this ongoing archeological project, commissioned Weddle, a highly respected historian of colonial Texas, to write this volume as a comprehensive narrative history of the La Salle expedition, with special attention given to the wreck of the Belle. This scholarly and meticulously researched book presents an airtight narrative of the expedition and the reasons for its eventual failure. The author faults inadequate and erratic leadership on La Salle's part as the major reason why this colonizing expedition failed. Weddle also believes that the sinking of the Belle and the loss of its cargo, which occurred near the settlement site, was the major cause of the colony's collapse. General and undergraduate collections and above. L. T. Cummins Austin College

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Robert S. Weddle, a Fellow of the Texas Historical Association, is an independent historian with a background in journalism & publishing. He is author of "La Salle, the Mississippi, & the Gulf: Three Primary Documents" & "Wilderness Manhunt: The Spanish Search for La Salle", also published by Texas A&M University Press. He lives in Bonham, Texas.

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