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Voyage of Doom

Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. Have students locate France on a world map or globe (preferably one with tradewinds or currents) and trace the possible route La Salle might have taken to reach the southern United States. Have students calculate the trip's distance and estimate how long it might have taken to make the journey.

  2. As students watch, have them note the different kinds of artifacts discovered on La Belle. Have students classify each artifact as household goods, defense item, exploration item, or other.

After Watching

  1. Discuss with students La Salle's various attempts to locate the Mississippi River. What tools did La Salle use for navigation? What might today's explorers use? What did La Salle and his crew undergo to try and reach their final destination? What current-day explorers can students think of that have gone to similar lengths? What might motivate these explorers?

  2. Have students debate whether funds should be spent on excavating and restoring a historical ship such as La Belle that contains no conventional treasure, such as gold or gems.

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