SouthwesternHistoricalQuarterly January portion of the book is given over to descriptions of the excavations and to selected artifacts with information on the ship's architecture. However, the second portion of the book uses information developed during the historical research phase of the project in its descriptions and interpretations of the artifacts and the first portion of the book uses data derived from the excavations. Both sections are of compelling interest. T. R. Fehrenbach notes in the foreword "history and archaeology [are] two disciplines that are, or should be, always intertwined" (p. ix). The historical context is well written but covers a large amount of material in a short space, and that is fine for most readers. However, it would have been of interest to have some discussion of La Salle's trip west in search of the Spanish silver mines. Much material was drawn from a recent translation of expedition member Joutel's journal. Reference to the 1713 French publication and the 1714 English translation might have been included providing some time depth for English language availability of the journal. Other material is drawn from work of Robert Weddle (The Wreck of the Belle, the Ruin of La Salle, Texas A&M,
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Mar 28, 2007
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