St Louis was the capital of French West Africa, and the island Gorée was a slave-trading point. Now its capital is Dakar. It is mainly a Muslim country.
Other events that might inspire your play today:
- 1768 the first modern circus staged in London by Philip Astley – see 9th January
- 1796 Georges Cuvier founds the science of paleontology, so hunt for fossils!
- 1965 the Beatles have the top 5 singles in the US charts