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Kansas map on By 1914, Europe was a major force in the African-American musical community. Sheet music sales of his waltzes and tangos were selling well, he continued to compose marches, dances, and songs in collaboration with other black composers (Noble Lee Sissle, Eubie Blake), and served as a booking agent for black musicians playing the high society circuit. The orchestra leader was set to accompany the Castles on a European tour when war was declared in late 1914. Europe enlisted in the 15th Infantry Regiment (Colored) of the New York National Guard (the first black unit organized in the state) on September 18, 1916, apparently for no other reason than he felt it would set a good example for other African-Americans. As in other areas of American society at the time, blacks were poorly treated in the military. Segregated into blacks only regiments, the African-American soldier was by military tradition barred from joining U.S. Kansas map 2016.

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