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The exhibit is both striking and memorable, but display materials could be
added to give a broader historical context to La Salle's expedition to Texas. For
example, a large map depicting both the 1684-1685 route that La Salle's ships
(including the Belle) took from France to the Texas coast and the 1687-1688
overland and marine route that La Salle's party followed from the Texas coast to
Canada and back to France would offer viewers a more complete historic and
geographic perspective on La Salle's expedition to Texas. Displays could also be
enlivened by imaginative sketches depicting life at Fort Saint Louis and encoun-
ters with local Indians, and by the substitution of a modern English translation
of Joutel's unabridged journal for the 28o-year-old English version of Joutel's
unapproved condensation presently used for quotations in the seven panels.
The exhibit has traveled to small port cities and to inland ranching communi-
ties as well as to Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. In June and
July the tour is scheduled to be in Thibodaux, Louisiana; it will visit Panhandle,
Texas, in September and October, and will close out the year in Bryan. In 1999,
it continues to Rockport, Bay City, Port Lavaca, Palacios, and other cities.
The Texas Historical Commission is to be commended on the initiation and
execution of this highly successful touring exhibit. The artifacts remind the view-
ing public of the state's rich French heritage and why the fleur-de-lis is honored
as one of six flags that have flown over Texas. We hope that the Commission will
provide the same opportunity for museums to participate in a touring exhibit of
the artifacts to be recovered from the wreck of La Salle's storeship, the Aimable,
which the Commission will be excavating from the entrance to Matagorda Bay in
William C. Foster
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