Saint-Louis, or Ndar as it is called in Wolof, is the
capital of Senegal's Saint-Louis Region. Located in the northwest of Senegal,
near the mouth of the Senegal River, and 320 km north of Senegal's capital
city Dakar, it has a population officially estimated at 176,000 in 2005.
Saint-Louis was the capital of the French colony of Senegal from 1673 until
1902. From 1902 until its independence from France the capital was Dakar. From
1920 to 1957 it also served as the capital of the neighboring colony of Mauritania