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  1. 1. Kansas Mrs. Jahay’s class
  2. 2. Symbols of Kansas • The state bird is: Western Meadowlark • The state flower is: Sunflower • The state tree is: Cottonwood Add a Add a Add a picture picture picture here. here. here. http://www.50states.com/bird/westmdlk http://www.50states.com/flower/ .htm kansas.htm www.50states.com/tree/kansas.htm http://
  3. 3. State Flag • On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower. Also, the state seal and the words quot;Kansasquot;. In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood. Above the stars is the motto quot;To the Stars Through Difficultiesquot;. On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagontrain heading west and Native Americans hunting bison. Add a picture here. http://www.50states.com/flag/ksflag.htm
  4. 4. State Nickname • The State nickname is the Sunflower State. • The nickname “Sunflower State” calls to mind the wild flowers of the plains of Kansas and the officially recognized state flower. http://www.50states.com/bio/nickname2.htm
  5. 5. State History • The first inhabitants were the Kansa Indians, Wichita Indians and the Pawnee Indians. While the Spanish was looking for the kingdom of riches, the Kansan Indians, the Wichita Indians, and the Pawnee Indians were guarding the riches. • Exploration- When the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado visited (1541) the Kansas area in his search for Quivira, a fabled kingdom of riches, the area was occupied by various Native American groups of the Plains descent, notably the Kansa, the Wichita and the Pawnee. • With peace came the development of the prairie lands. The construction of railroads made cow towns such as Abilene and Dodge City, with their cowboys, saloons, and frontier marshals. www.factmonster.com/ce6/us/A0859094.html
  6. 6. Bleeding Kansas • Violence soon came to the territory. The murder of a free- state man in Nov., 1855, led to the so-called Wakarusa War, a bloodless series of encounters along the Wakarusa River. The intervention of the new governor, Wilson Shannon, kept proslavery men from attacking Lawrence. However, civil war ultimately turned the territory into “bleeding Kansas.” On May 21, 1856, proslavery groups and armed Missourians known as “Border Ruffians” raided Lawrence. A few days later a band led by the abolitionist crusader John Brown murdered five proslavery men in the Pottawatamie massacre. Guerrilla warfare between free-state men called Jayhawkers and proslavery bands—both sides abetted by desperadoes and opportunists—terrorized the land. After a new governor, John W. Geary, persuaded a large group of “Border Ruffians” to return to Missouri, the violence subsided. http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/us/A0859094.html
  7. 7. Statehood This state became the 34th state in the United States in1861. The first Governor of the state was Charles Robinson.
  8. 8. Maps Capital http://student.britannica.com/comptons/atlas?geogId=255 &theme=1 is Topeka http://www.factmonster.com/atlas/state/kansas.html http://student.britannica.com/comptons/atlas?geogId=255&theme=8
  9. 9. Economy • Chief products of the state include: − Agricultural (farm) products • Wheat • Milo • Corn • cotton − Manufactured goods • Airplanes • Fire engines • Dew-Eze beds
  10. 10. State Motto • Ad astra per aspera • To the stars through adversity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_mottos
  11. 11. Works Cited • www.factmonster.com • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_mottos • www.50states.com • http://student.britannica.com/comptons/atlas?geogId=255&theme=8