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Kansas Entered the Union as a Free State
January 29, 1861

The U.S. bought the land that makes up present-day Kansas from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Native American tribes had long called the land home; the state is named after the Native Americans that the Sioux called the Konza, meaning "people of the south wind." Some Native Americans lived in Kansas against their will in the territory's early days, when tribes were relocated there by the federal government.
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