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The Story of Kansas City, Kansas

"River Settlements"

The trappers and traders made scattered settlements along the rivers.  At least a hundred of these Frenchmen, called couriers de bois, were trapping and trading in the 1700's.  Many of them married Indians, for French women did not make good pioneers.  They preferred living in towns and cities to making homes in a wilderness.

When you think of Daniel Boone you actually picture him on his farm in Kentucky.  But Boone liked "elbow room," and when Kentucky began to fill up with other white settlers, Boone took his family to missouri to live.  He spent the last twenty-five years of his life near what is now the city of Boonville.

Boone's son, Daniel Morgan Boone, is said to have been the first English speaking white man to visit this section.  In 1895 he came with two Frenchmen to the mouth of the Kansas River.  It is quite possible that his father, Daniel Boone, may have hunted or fished on the lowlands near the river.  Daniel Morgan Boone later moved to Kansas to live.  His son, Nathaniel, was the first white child born in the state.

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