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Kansas

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Kansas is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The Midwestern United States, also referred to as the American Midwest, Middle West, or simply the Midwest, is one of four census regions of the United States Census Bureau.

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Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita.

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Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area.

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The tribe's name is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind", although this was probably not the term's original meaning.

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For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes.

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Tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys.

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Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison.

A nomad is a member of a community of people without fixed habitation who regularly move to and from the same areas, including nomadic hunter-gatherers, pastoral nomads, and tinker or trader nomads.

Bison are large, even-toed ungulates in the genus Bison within the subfamily Bovinae.

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Kansas was first settled by European Americans in 1812, in what is the now Bonner Springs, Kansas, but the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery issue.

Bonner Springs is a city in Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Johnson counties, Kansas, United States.

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When it was officially opened to settlement by the U.S. government in 1854, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine whether Kansas would become a free state or a slave state.

New England is a geographical region which comprises six states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, and was known as Bleeding Kansas.

Bleeding Kansas, Bloody Kansas or the Border War was a series of violent civil confrontations in the United States between 1854 and 1861 which emerged from a political and ideological debate over the legality of slavery in the proposed state of Kansas.

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The abolitionists eventually prevailed, and on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state.

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After the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland.

Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take-up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker.

Prairies are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and a composition of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type.

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Today, Kansas is one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans.

The soybean, or soya bean, is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean, which has numerous uses.

Maize, also known as corn, is a cereal grain first domesticated by indigenous peoples in southern Mexico about 10,000 years ago.

Wheat is a grass widely cultivated for its seed, a cereal grain which is a worldwide staple food.

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Kansas with its 213,000 km2 is the 15th most extensive and with its about 2.9 million people the 34th most populous of the 50 United States.

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Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans", officially.

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Mount Sunflower is Kansas's highest point at 1232 m.

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