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Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle

La Salle Odyssey


La Salle Archeology Projects

La Salle Odyssey Museums

Texas Independence Trail



La Salle photos courtesy of
Texas Historical Commission



Commissioning of
La Petite Belle
April 6, 2013

Tony Doubek photographer

Barney Gulley
La Petite Belle Craftsman

Diana Krueger - Cultural & Scientific Sciences Coordinator
Consulate General of France

Members of the Ripke family christen Le Petite Belle.
 (left to right) Kimberly Garcia, Felicia Jackson,
and Richard Ripke on the bow of the boat


The Ripke family at the christening of the La Petite Belle April 6, 2013 in the
Harbor at Palacios Texas.  (left to right) Sydney Garcia, Kimberly (Ripke) Garcia, Kristen Garcia, (holding) Karley Garcia, Aiden Garcia (young boy baseball cap.) Richard Ripke, (center) Felicia (Ripke) Jackson, and Phillip Ripke. 

Floral Tributes

Exploring the ship