Columbus, Nebraska

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Columbus is a city in east central Nebraska, United States. Its population was 20,971 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Platte County.[3]



Pre-settlement history

In the 18th century, the area around the confluence of the Platte and the Loup Rivers was used by a variety of Native American tribes, including Pawnee, Otoe, Ponca, and Omaha.[4] The Pawnee are thought to have descended from the Protohistoric Lower Loup Culture;[5] the Otoe had moved from central Iowa into the lower Platte Valley in the early 18th century;[6] and the closely related Omaha and Ponca had moved from the vicinity of the Ohio River mouth, settling along the Missouri by the mid-18th century.[7] In 1720, Pawnee and Otoe allied with the French massacred the Spanish force led by Pedro de Villasur just south of the present site of Columbus.[8][9]

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