KANSAS Territory, why is Missouri and not part of Colorado said to had split from Kansas, but maps showed part of CO, not MO, belonged to KS?
- Mark MLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
Originally it all was Louisiana territory. When Louisiana became a state it became the Missouri territory. When Missouri became a state, everything south of Missouri became the Arkansas territory. Every thing north of the Missouri became part of the Michigan then Iowa, then Minnesota then Dakota territories. When gold was found in Colorado, the miners wanted their own government, so they carved the Colorado territory out of Kansas Nebraska Idaho and New Mexico.
Often, when a territory became a state, they cut the state down to a manageable size. Boundaries moved back and forth.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Territory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebraska_Territory