Take a Break from the Holiday Hustle and Bustle with an Exhibit on Fort St. Louis

There’s nothing like a day spent exploring Texas history at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. The Museum of the Coastal Bend displays the last 13,000 years of Texas history, from the first inhabitants of the Coastal Bend region through the French, Spanish, and Mexican colonial efforts. Now, join the Museum as they present the Fort St. Louis exhibit, which explores the first French settlement in Victoria County— and the first European settlement in Texas.

From French explorer, La Salle’s early expeditions to life at the fort and archaeological research on these subjects, each segment of this amazing story is told through informative text panels, photographic images, and original artifacts found at the site. The centerpiece exhibit in the Museum’s gallery is the exhibit of seven of the eight cannons brought to Texas by French explorer La Salle.

La Salle's French settlement was viewed as a threat by the Spanish, who almost immediately began to settle Texas as a response to the French incursion. Artifacts recovered from La Salle’s ship La Belle, which sank in nearby Matagorda Bay— including munitions, and personal items from the explorers—will be on display. Visitors will also see objects from this early Spanish period, including swords, jewelry, and even a pot for hot chocolate.

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History is organized by the Bullock Texas State History Museum with the Texas Historical Commission, the Musée National de la Marine, and Texas A&M University. The Museum of the Coastal Bend’s mission is to enhance appreciation and enjoyment of the region’s heritage. For more information, please call the Museum at (361) 582-2511.

Even though Autumn Park Apartments in Victoria, Texas provides you with all of the comfort, convenience, and entertainment you could possibly desire, we encourage our residents to venture outside of our apartment community and explore all that the city has to offer!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, December 21, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Museum of the Coastal Bend
2200 East Red River Street
Victoria, Texas 77901

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