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The first white men to ever see and record a meeting with the Wichita Indians were Coronado and the men of his expedition. On July 13, 1995, an archeological team from the Texas Historical Commission announced the discovery of a shipwreck believed to be that of Belle, one of the ships brought by the French explorer René Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle , the man who claimed the Mississippi and all its tributaries for France. Belle, given to La Salle as a gift by Louis XIV of France, was lost in Matagorda Bay in 1686 during the explorer's final, disastrous expedition.

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