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- DescriptionOn a frigid, stormy day in February of 1686, a small French sailing ship lost control and ran aground in Matagorda Bay. Pounded in the Texas bay by gale-force winds and storm surges, La Belle slipped beneath the water and sank to the bottom, where she would remain for centuries. More than 300 years later, Texas Historical Commission archeologists discovered La Belle's resting place. Using cutting-edge techlogy and scientific invation, investigators excavated the shipwreck and salvaged from its watery grave more than a million artifacts, including bronze guns, muskets, trade beads, axes, rings, bells, dishes, medicines - everything a New World colony needed for survival. Authors James E. Bruseth and Toni S. Turner use vivid photographs and engaging descriptions to share the excitement of discovery as they piece together both the ship and its tragic story. For those interested in history, archeology, or the quest for clues to the past, From a Watery Grave tells a riveting tale of nautical adventure in the seventeenth century and reveals modern scientific archeology at its best.
- Author BiographyJAMES E. BRUSETH is director of the archeology division at the Texas Historical Commission, which sponsored the excavation of La Belle. Bruseth directed the excavation and serves as the project's principal investigator. TONI S. TURNER is a freelance writer and fundraiser who assisted in many aspects of the recovery of the shipwreck. Both authors live in Austin.
- Author(s)James E. Bruseth,Toni S. Turner
- PublisherTexas A & M University Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2007
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationCollege Station
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas A & M University Press
- Content Note126 colour, 13 b&w photos, bib, index
- Weight735 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Foreword byT. R. Fehrenbach
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