Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

On May 30, 1854, the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law establishing the United States territories of Kansas and Nebraska. I lived in northeast Kansas for many years and spent a lot of time in southeast Nebraska as well. While we lived in an historical area of Tennessee previously (just down the road from Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage mansion), it was while going to junior high school near … Continue reading Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

United States #1061 (1954)

The Territory of Kansas

The Kansas–Nebraska Act became a law on May 30, 1854, establishing the Nebraska Territory and Kansas Territory. One of the provisions of the Act repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and allowed the settlers of Kansas Territory to determine by popular sovereignty whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. The Territory of Kansas was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that … Continue reading The Territory of Kansas

United States #4493 (2011)

Kansas Statehood

On January 29, 1861, Kansas was admitted to the United States as the 34th state to enter the Union. Located on the eastern edge of the Great Plains in the Midwestern U.S., the region was the home of nomadic Native American tribes who hunted the vast herds of bison (often called “buffalo”). Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which is often said to mean “people of … Continue reading Kansas Statehood

United States #898 (1940)

de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)

On October 18, 1540, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto — leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States — arrived at Mabila, a heavily fortified village situated on a plain in a region of present-day central Alabama. Mabila was a Trojan-horse, fake village concealing over 2500 native warriors, planning to attack de Soto’s expedition. Tuskaloosa was a paramount chief of … Continue reading de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)