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Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west.On June 1, 1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory.Bourgmont lived with a Native American wife in a village about 90 miles (140 km) east near Brunswick, Missouri, where he illegally traded furs.
In 1831, a group of Mormons from New York settled in what would become the city.On February 22, 1853, the City of Kansas was created with a newly elected mayor. to enter the Union as a free state that did not allow slavery under the new doctrine of popular sovereignty.It had an area of 0.70 square miles (1.8 km) and a population of 2,500. Missouri had many slaves, and slavery sympathizers crossed into Kansas to sway the state towards allowing slavery, at first by ballot box and then by bloodshed.The territory straddling the border between Missouri and Kansas at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers was considered a good place to build settlements. James Compton House, and Woodneath are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Kansas City Pioneer Square monument in Westport features Pony Express founder Alexander Majors, Westport/Kansas City founder John Calvin Mc Coy, and Mountain-man Jim Bridger who owned Chouteau's Store.
General Thomas Ewing, in response to a successful raid on nearby Lawrence, Kansas, led by William Quantrill, issued General Order No.