In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became the first permanent settlement of white Americans in the future state.
He was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature.
The first European to set foot in present-day Kansas was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541.
In 1803, most of modern Kansas was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes.
Tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys.