The state of Kansas is located in the Midwestern region of the country. It took its name after the Kansas River, which was named after the Kansas tribe of Native Americans. The state’s largest city is Wichita, and Topeka is the state’s capital.
After European colonization, most of Kansas was part of Spanish Louisiana, which the United States purchased in 1803. However, some southwestern territories of the state were still part of Mexico, Spain, and the Republic of Texas during that century. Kansas joined the United States as a free state in 1861, becoming the 34th state to join the Union.
Kansas has historically been one of the most productive agricultural states because of its extended plains and prairies. The top products of Kansas’ land work are corn, sorghum, wheat, and soybean.