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Kansas History

Kansas was part of the Louisiana Purchase when it became annexed to the United States in 1803. It was included in the Missouri Territory until 1821. For 33 years it was known as an unorganized territory, inhabited mainly by Indians. For many years there was constant trouble between the Indians and the settlers, until the Indians were gradually pushed into the Oklahoma area.

Fort Leavenworth became the first community in the area in 1827. To thousands enroute to the valleys of Utah, the gold fields of California or the beckoning Oregon country, it was a welcome stopover, outfitting place.

Kansas became a state in 1861, the thirty-fourth. The population then was about 110,000 consisting mostly of Southerners and New Englanders with a sprinkling from Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Many Civil War veterans took up homesteads in Kansas following the war. Among the foreign-born settlers many came from Germany, Russia, Sweden and England. Many Mexicans also settled in the state.

For more information on the history of Kansas, visit William G. Cutler's
History of the State of Kansas

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans by William E. Connelley, c1918

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans by William E. Connelley, c1918, 1919
Contains different biographies than those contained in the 1918 publication.


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