How did Saint Louis get its name?
Saint Louis, the largest city in Missouri, was named after King Louis IX of France (1214-1270), who was canonized as Saint Louis after his death. The city was founded in 1764 by French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau. They named the new settlement "St. Louis" in honor of King Louis IX, who was known for his piety and justice. The name was chosen to evoke a sense of French influence and heritage in the region.
The name "Saint Louis" has since become a significant part of the city's identity and is used to honor the historical connections between France and the United States, particularly in the early colonial period.