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port in the state of Missouri, built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois.
In 1904, it hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism.
Louis." By 1765, the city began receiving visits from representatives of the English, French, and Spanish governments. Louis became the capital of, and gateway to, the new territory. Many other explorers, settlers, and trappers (such as Ashley's Hundred) would later take a similar route to the West. Louis was incorporated as a city in 1822, and continued to develop largely due to its busy port and trade connections.
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In 1764, following France's defeat in the Seven Years' War, the area was ceded to Spain and retroceded back to France in 1800.
Prior to European settlement, the area was a major regional center of Native American Mississippian culture. Louis was founded in 1764 by French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, and named after Louis IX of France.
Some historians still debate which of the two men was the true founder of St. The reason for this lingering question is that all the documentation of the founding was loaned and subsequently destroyed in a fire. Louis's existence, the city was not recognized by any of the governments.
Though originally thought to be under the control of the Spanish government, no one asserted any authority over the settlement, and thus St. This led Laclede to assume a position of civil control, and all problems were disposed in public settings, such as communal meetings.