Kansas is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States.
As of 2020, the population of Kansas was estimated to be around 2.9 million people.
The capital of Kansas is Topeka, with an estimated population of around 125,904 people in 2020.
The most populous city in Kansas is Wichita, with an estimated population of around 389,938 people in 2020.
Kansas was inhabited by various Native American tribes for thousands of years prior to European exploration. The first European to set foot in what is now Kansas was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in 1541.
The territory that is now Kansas was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which the United States acquired from France. In 1820, Kansas became part of the Missouri Territory, and in 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act created the Kansas Territory.
Kansas was a hotbed of conflict over the issue of slavery in the years leading up to the American Civil War. Supporters of both sides rushed to populate Kansas in order to influence whether the state would be a free state or a slave state. This led to a period of violence and unrest, known as “Bleeding Kansas,” which lasted from 1854 to 1861.
During the Civil War, Kansas was firmly on the side of the Union. After the war, the state experienced rapid growth and development. The economy was driven by agriculture, with crops such as wheat, corn, and sorghum being major contributors.
Kansas is also known for its role in the women’s suffrage movement. The state was the first to grant women the right to vote in municipal elections in 1887, and the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationwide, was first introduced and passed by Congress in 1919 largely due to the efforts of Kansas senator, Capper.
In the years since, Kansas has continued to grow and develop. It has become a major producer of oil and natural gas, as well as a hub for aerospace and aviation industries. Today, Kansas is known for its friendly people, rolling prairies, and wide-open spaces.