Kansas has always been a Republican stronghold. The US state is also firmly in the red hand in the presidential elections. All background information from history to economy at a glance.
- Kansas is the largest wheat producer in the United States.
- The US state is located in the middle of Tornado Alley.
- One of Boeing’s main manufacturing facilities is in Kansas.
Topeka – The US state of Kansas takes its name from the Indian people of the Kansa, which in the Sioux dialect means “people of the south wind”.
Kansas is nicknamed “Sunflower State” because wild sunflowers grow everywhere. They are an important part of the ecosystem and were already cultivated by the Indians.
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Kansas State History and Formation
The history of Kansas shows some important key dates beyond its founding as the 34th state. Above all, this includes:
- In 1541 the conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado was the first European to come to what is now Kansas and he brought the horses to America.
- In 1744 the French set up a trading post near Fort Leavenworth.
- In 1803, the Kansas area came under the US ownership of the Louisiana Purchase, in which the French sold large areas of land to the Americans.
- Since the beginning of the 19th century, the US government tried to relocate the Indians to countries west of the Mississippi, which also included Kansas.
- Until 1834, settlers were banned from settling in the Indian land of Kansas.
- On May 30, 1854, Kansas and Nebraska became territories in the USA and settlers increasingly pushed into the region and built the first branches.
- In the middle of the 19th century there were repeated violent clashes between opponents and supporters of slavery.
- On January 29, 1861, Kansas joined the United States of America as the 34th state.
- Kansas supported the Union in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865, as opponents of slavery now formed the majority in the state.
- In 1880 and 1890, major railroad lines in Kansas were completed.
- From 1870 to 1885 Kansas was famous as a transfer station for cattle from Texas.
- The city of Dodge City was nicknamed “Cowboy City”, as famous gunslingers such as Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday stayed here in addition to the cattle herders.
Kansas – Geography and Features
The geography of the country is made up of two-thirds of flat prairies and one-third of forested hills.
Because of the vast plains of the Central Plains, Kansas is at the heart of Tornado Alley. The US state has the second highest number of cyclones per year because it is in the middle of the migratory direction of major thunderstorms along with Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
Kansas – the largest cities in the region
The capital of Kansas is Topeka. With 127, 473 inhabitants, however, it is only the fourth largest metropolis in the US state. According to COUNTRYAAH.COM, the three largest cities are:
- Wichita with 382, 368 residents
- Overland Park with 173, 372 residents
- Kansas City with 145, 786 residents
Kansas and its people
Kansas has approximately 2, 853, 118 residents. The population is made up of different groups. This includes:
- 8 percent white
- 9 percent African American
- 4 percent Asian Americans
- 0 percent Indians
- 5 percent Hispanics or Latinos
Kansas: Major Sectors of the Economy
Most of the Kansas economy benefits from:
- Agriculture with cattle breeding and the cultivation of wheat and maize
- Mining of salt, zinc ore, gypsum and lead
- Extraction of oil and natural gas
- Production of helium
- Aircraft construction ( Boeing)
Kansas Politics and Elections
In Kansas, the dominant Republicans. This is reflected both in the Senate and in the presidential elections. Since 1960, with the exception of 1964, the population has always voted for the red candidate.
The trend also appears to be continuing in the current elections. After all, the current President Donald Trump was able to collect 56. 6 percent of the vote in Kansas in 2016.