Most of what is today the state of Kansas was part of the landmass acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. For a brief period it formed part of the district (later territory) of Louisiana and subsequently part of the territory of Missouri. Then, from 1821 until 1854, it was considered part of Indian country, essentially unorganized territory. Out of this land, in which there was no formal provision for government, either local or regional, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of May 30, 1854, created two territories, Kansas and Nebraska. As defined in...
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