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For more than 300 years, the wreckage of La Belle remained an afterthought. Then, in 1995, Texas state archaeologists discovered one third of the ship at Matagorda Bay, about 120 miles south of Galveston, marking one of the most important archaeological finds of the century. A major excavation was launched by the state of Texas using a large, steel structure called a cofferdam — which was built around the ship to enable seawater to be pumped out.

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