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I don't think Kansas or Nebraska is the place where there is the
highest prevalance of European place names. In the case of the Plains,
the names were often used to attract people from elsewhere to move
there, with the idea that one day, Paris, Kansas, and Paris, France,
would be indistinguishable. (I suppose Paris, Kansas, has a Wal Mart,
where Paris, France, does not.)
Almost every town, county, and city in the Northeast is named after a
foreign town or city, or county.
I'd say close to half of the place names in Vermont have their origins
in place names on the other side of the Atlantic (Athens, Montpelier,
Westminster, etc.), though many are named for early settlers
(Chittenden, Bennington, Brattleboro, etc.). In looking into this, I
discovered that the naming of Jamaica VT has no relation to the island
of the same name, but is derived from a native (Natick) word for beaver.
Peru VT was named for the South American country, however. Peru was
originally named Bromley, which residents in the early 1800s associated
with a poverty stricken place. Peru was chosen as the new name as it
was associated with wealth at the time.
W Brattleboro VT