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In a 1684 colonization expedition, French explorer Robert de La Salle set sail for the Mississippi River but instead wound up in Matagorda Bay in present-day Texas, where his ship La Belle listed badly and was abandoned in 1686, eventually sinking beneath the mud. Excavations in the 1990s began recovering pieces of the vessel and its contents. "La Belle: The Ship That Changed History," displaying more than a hundred artifacts of the hopeful colonists, continues through May 17 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

-Brass signet and ship rat skeleton, courtesy Texas Historical Commission

The newly opened American Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art puts on display more than eight hundred paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects from its heralded collection. The American Wing takes up the second floor of the museum's original Beaux Arts building, designed by John Russell Pope. Highlights of the collection include stained glass, mosaics, and silver1 of Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, Joseph Stella, and Jacob Lawrence, among others.

"To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade" continues through May 30 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. …

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