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Criticized for his response to the Native American attack on Fort Détroit, he had deserted his post as fort commander and was avoiding French authorities.Bourgmont lived with a Native American wife in a village about 90 miles (140 km) east near Brunswick, Missouri, where he illegally traded furs.
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.Soon after, the Kansas Town Company, a group of investors, began to settle the area, taking their name from an English spelling of "Cansez." In 1850, the landing area was incorporated as the Town of Kansas.By that time, the Town of Kansas, Westport and nearby Independence, had become critical points in the United States' westward expansion.It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri border.Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west.
In 1831, a group of Mormons from New York settled in what would become the city.