Kansas is an important state that does not get the recognition, within the United States, that it deserves. Kansas is one of the most important agricultural areas in the world. As part of the American bread basket, food from the plains of Kansas feeds millions of people around the world.
Kansas is also misunderstood geographically. The state is thought to be flat from east to west. The far eastern part of Kansas is verdant and hilly, much like Missouri and Arkansas. Even the plains of Kansas have significant lowland areas, but once above those areas, it is true that Kansas is very flat. The reason for the geological look of Kansas is because millions of years ago, the areas in the centre to west, were part of a great inland sea that covered much of the middle of North America.
Kansas is named after a river in the state. The Kansas River is named after one of the prominent Native American tribes that lived in the state area, before the arrival of Americans from the east. In the Native American language the word Kansas meant, “people of the wind”. From Topeka to the Colorado border on the west, there are very few forested areas. People native to this area are not usually comfortable when traveling in other states with many trees. This is because they feel the need to keep an eye on the weather, something easy to do in central and western Kansas. Kansas is prone to severe rainstorms and tornadoes during part of each year.
The capitol of Kansas is Topeka, near the centre of the state. The other major cities are Wichita, Kansas City and Salina. The people of Kansas are deeply involved in either agriculture or the exploration of natural resources in the ground. For relaxation a lot of time is spent in observation of traditions based on their immigrant background.