Kansas was first settled by Europeans Americans in 1812 but the boom in population occurred in the 1850’s during the heated political times before the Civil War. Officially opened to settlement by the US 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. The are became known as Bleeding Kansas as a result. Abolitionists prevailed on January 29, 1861 as Kansas entered into the Union as a free state.
After War, the population of Kansas grew when thousands of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland.
Today, Kansas is one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans. Kansas’ land mass is 82277 mi sq with about 2.9 million people.