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Texas Historical Commission
The Texas State Historical Commission's site on LaSalle's boat and its excavation is extensive and user-friendly. Includes numerous photo albums, interactivities, and articles that relate to LaSalle's life and times as well as a teacher section, "La Salle in the Classroom."

Conservation Research Laboratory - Texas A&M University
Detailing the preservation of artifacts from LaSalle's boat, this site contains a section devoted to the specific challenges of restoring long-submerged historical items.

Northern Maritime Research's Northern Shipwrecks Database CD
This site offers information about a CD-ROM database of every known shipwreck in North America, with extensive information on each.

National Underwater Marine Agency
This site offers information and updates on current projects run by NUMA, a nonprofit agency dedicated to locating and preserving historic shipwrecks.

Institute of Nautical Archeology
INA's site contains a virtual museum, an extensive collection of photographs, and a description of current field projects. Back issues of the INA's quarterly magazine can be downloaded and read with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The La Salle Expedition to Texas: The Journal of Henri Joutel 1684-1687 Austin, Texas: Texas State Historical Association, 1998.
The journal of Henri Joutel, a member of La Salle's expedition who served for two years as post commander at Fort Saint Louis, La Salle's ill-fated colony, and, after La Salle's death, eventually made his way up the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes and finally back to France in 1688.

La Salle: Explorer of the North American Frontier by Anka Muhlstein. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1994.
A translation of a French biography of the explorer, from his birth in Rouen in 1643 to his tragic death in 1687.

La Salle, the Mississippi, and the Gulf ed. by Robert S. Weddle College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1987
This book includes three primary documents drawn from the explorations of Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. One covers both a journey La Salle took down the Mississippi River in 1682 and his voyage to the Gulf of Mexico. Another is a diary from a member of the Spanish expedition that circumnavigated the Gulf in 1686-87 in search of La Salle's colony. And the third details life in that colony, known as Fort-Saint Louis, and includes the only eyewitness account of the massacre that occurred there.

Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archeology ed. by James P. Delgado. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.
Concise, authoritative, well-illustrated listings for all the major shipwrecks of the world, from La Belle to Titanic, from Khufu's boats to Kublai Khan's fleet.

Lost Ships: The Discovery and Exploration of the Ocean's Sunken Treasures by Mensun Bound. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
A profusely illustrated account of three expeditions that ended in shipwrecks - the Mahdia ship that was carrying the spoils of Sulla's sack of Athens in the first century B.C.; the Agamemnon, Horatio Nelson's victorious ship at the battle of Trafalgar; and the Graf Spee, a German warship scuttled in the River Plate in Uruguay. Bound, a marine archeologist, found and excavated all three.

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.
A chronicle of the wreck of the sidewheel steamer SS Central America, which sank in a hurricane off North Carolina in 1857 while returning from the California gold fields, and its subsequent discovery and salvage by maverick engineer Tommy Thompson.

Special Thanks
Delphine Allannic-Costa, Musée de la Marine
Jim Bruseth, Texas Historical Commission
John de Bry, Center for Historical Archeology
Bill Pierson, Texas Historical Commission

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