It was named in honor of John Hancock.
and was the first city incorporated in the state of Mississippi.
In 1818 it was called Shieldsborough;
in 1882 the name was changed to Bay St. Louis.
It is the 3rd oldest city on the Gulf Coast having been
discovered in 1699 by a scouting party sent out by d'Iberville.
It was named in honor of King Louis IX, Saint Louis,
as it was discovered on his birthday.
The area was inhabited in the 1700's by French settlers.
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