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William E Unrau
Charles C Howes
Esther S Kalis
Bend of the River: Kansas City in the 19th Century
First in a monthly series of special sections of the Star on Kansas City in the 19th century. Focus on the earliest known European visits and settlements prior to the 1838 Town of Kansas, beginning with...
Bicentennial: 200 Years in Mid-America
Special section of the Kansas City Star about the history of the Kansas City area since 1776, with several articles and illustrations, starting with the Kansa Indians and later Fort Osage in 1808.
Conflicts and Contacts Between Native Americans and White Settlers, With Special Reference to Emporia and Lyon County, Kansas, 1854-1870
The article presents the clash of culture that happened between the Indians, particularly the Kansa Indians and the Sac and Fox tribes, and the settlers in Lyon County, Kansas in the mid- nineteenth century....
Eastern Beads, Western Applications
Article on the uses and meanings of wampum among Native American tribes of the Great Plains. Beginning with the wampum traditions of the northeast, the author traces the spread of wampum westward. He argues...
Fort de Cavagnial: Imperial France in Kansas, 1744-1764
The French presence in this area began early. This article details the history of Fort de Cavagnial built by the French in 1744 and located overlooking the village of the Kansa Indians on Salt Creek, in...
Historic Spots or Mile-Stones in the Progress of Wyandotte County, Kansas
Short description of the early history of the Kansa, or Kaw, Indians in Wyandotte County, Kansas in the early 1800s.
How Kansas City Got Its Name
Explanation of the origin of the name of Kansas City, taken from the name of the Kansas River, being located at that river's mouth. Also a story of Kansas City, Missouri, nearly being included as part...
Missouri's Aboriginal Inhabitants
Article about the history of the various Indian tribes of Missouri, including the Kansa Indians, Missouri Indians, and Delaware Indians, with description of their languages translated into English and...
Names of Kansas Rivers Reflect Some of the History Made on Their Banks
Article discussing the origins of the names of rivers in Kansas, including the Missouri River, from the word "Missouri," meaning "'town of large canoes' or 'wooden canoe people,'" taken from the Missouri...
Notes on Records from Early Christian Mission Writers
Article describes activities of Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic missionaries in the Kansas City area. Includes details of the life of Watomika, a Delaware Indian who later became a Jesuit priest (then...
Origin of Kansas Name
February 12, 1905
The city takes its name from the river bearing the same name. The word Kansas, in the Indian language, means smoky, and is the name given the river by the aborigines, who dwelt along its banks. The word...
Partie des Etats-Unis
Early map of Missouri and Illinois, apparently from a French atlas. Much of what is now eastern Kansas is also included, along with small sections of Kentucky and Tennessee. An early organization of Missouri...
The Emigrant Indians of Kansas: A Critical Bibliography
June 1, 1905
As the title suggests, this book includes not only a listing of resources about the Indians in Kansas but a helpful essay with background information. Reserves in Kansas were set aside for the following...
The Kansa Indians and the Census of 1843
Article about the changing population of the Kansa Indians, with estimates and censuses from 1702 to the 1840s, with demographic tables from the 1843 census.
The Rise and Fall of Indian Country, 1825-1855
The book details the relationship between Indians of the Plains area, white settlers, and the federal government. Local Indian tribes mentioned include: Kansa, Osage, Pawnee, Potawatomi, Shawnee and Wyandot,...
This Place Called Kansas
Description of the meanings and accepted version of the name of the Kansas River.
Treaty with the Kansa
One roll of microfilm of selected government documents about the June 3, 1805, treaty between the Kansa Nation of Indians and the United States government.
Up the River to Destiny
March 30, 2014
Biographical article describes the life of French explorer Etienne de Veniard, sieur de Bourgmont. Bourgmont's early travels in North America are covered. His interactions with Native American tribes such...
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