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Voyage of Doom (#2616)

Buried in shallow mud beneath the waters of Matagorda Bay in Texas lies the only remnant of a tragic episode from the Age of Discovery. In the 1680s, France hatched an ambitious plan to control the whole of North America by seizing the Mississippi trade route. Led by the fanatical explorer La Salle, four ships set sail in search of the mouth of the great river, but all were lost or wrecked. After 20 years of searching for La Salle'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, loaded with tantalizing clues to what happened in the final ill-fated days of La Salle's expedition. In an unprecedented excavation, the team discovered that the mud had preserved a wealth of organic material -- the ship's wooden hull, leather shoes and even a skeleton. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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6-8, 9-12
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Science & Technology
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440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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