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Vaqueros--The Origins of the American Cowboy

Subjects
History
Age Group
For adults

 

Presenter
Gene Chavez
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Learn more about how the Spanish brought with them the tradition of the Vaquero (cowboy), a horse-mounted livestock herder that originated on the Iberian Peninsula of Europe. As American settlers moved west, they adopted vaqueros' methods for managing large herds of cattle. In the 1870s, demand for beef grew, the cattle industry boomed. Massive cattle drives required the unique skills of cowboys of the Vaquero tradition.

 

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