Cast & Crew
Paula S Apsell
Buried in the shallow mud beneath the waters of Matagorda Bay in Texas lies the only remnant of a tragic episode of the age of discovery. In the 1660s, France hatched a plan to control the whole of North America by seizing the Mississippi trade route. Led by LaSalle, four ships set sail in search of the mouth of the river, but all were lost or wrecked. After 20 years of searching for LaSalle's last ship, a nautical archeologist finally came across a promising magnetic anomaly on the bed of Matagorda Bay. The ensuing investigation revealed the wreck of the "La Belle." The team discovered that the mud had preserved a wealth of organic material -- the ship's wooden hull, leather shoes and a skeleton.