La Belle Shipwreck

Palacios is home to one of the most exciting archelogical discoveries in Texas history. The ship explorer Rene Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, which sunk in 1686, was excavated from Sept. 1996 to April 1997, and all of the artifacts as well as the hull of the ship, were brought into the headquarters in Palacios before being taken to Texas A&M for conservation. 

Even though the excavation has finished, the excitement lives on. Researchers continue to study the artifacts and a replica of the "Belle", "la Petite Belle" will soon become a part of the 7 county LaSalle Odyssey. The Texas Historical Comission has a detailed history of the La Salle shipwreck excavation, and the City by the Sea Museum in Palacios has a excellent video presentation detailing the excavtion