Ruler in French Inches from La Belle

Measuring tool critical to colony building

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Measure twice, cut once. Any good builder knows that old saying. When René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, sailed his ship La Belle to North America in 1684, he probably thought this ruler would come in handy in designing and building structures for his new French colony at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Although that particular mission failed, La Salle did establish Fort St. Louis in 1685, located near present-day Victoria, Texas. This ruler, which measures French inches—approximately 1.066 English inches—was discovered in the hold of La Belle during the 1996  Matagorda Bay excavation.

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Ruler in French Inches from La Belle Artifact from Matagorda Bay, Calhoun and Matagorda County
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