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Arrival of the Cowboy

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Arrival of the Cowboy

The first cowboy actually began in Mexico.  Known as Vaqueros from the Spanish word, vaquero, which means cow.  After the Spanish arrived in Mexico in 1519, ranches were established and stocked with cattle and horses imported from Spain. By the early 1700’s cattle ranching had spread north into what is now Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.  Starting in 1769, a chain of 21 Franciscan missions eventually stretched from San Diego to San Francisco, marking the beginning of California’s livestock industry.    In the new American Colonies, the “mountain men” were among the first to set out towards the Great Plains and...

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