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Thanks for your input, Boston and Igive :-)Appreciate it
Boston jack's version has a ring of truth there, along with the Spanish influence as well as the Native American theme. Whatever is the truth it is now history and fascinating I think the thought that "Cowboys" were basically the people who worked the cattle and "cattlemen" the ones who owned them has a lot of truth to it too.
....according to Wiki: this goes with grawarlock's comment.............The origins of the cowboy tradition come from Spain, beginning with the hacienda system of medieval Spain. This style of cattle ranching spread throughout much of the Iberian peninsula and later, was imported to the Americas. Both regions possessed a dry climate with sparse grass, and thus large herds of cattle required vast amounts of land in order to obtain sufficient forage. The need to cover distances greater than a person on foot could manage gave rise to the development of the horseback-mounted vaquero.Vaqueros Though popularly considered American, the traditional cowboy began with the Spanish tradition, which evolved further in what today is Mexico and the Southwestern United States into the vaquero of northern Mexico and the charro of the Jalisco and Michoacán regions. While most hacendados (ranch owners) were ethnically Spanish criollos,many early vaqueros were Native Americans trained to work for the Spanish missions in caring for the mission herds.Vaqueros went north with livestock. In 1598, Don Juan de Oñate sent an expedition across the Rio Grande into New Mexico, bringing along 7000 head of cattle. From this beginning, vaqueros of mestizo heritage drove cattle from New Mexico and later Texas to Mexico City.Mexican traditions spread both South and North, influencing equestrian traditions from Argentina to Canada.
Makes sense, Grawar :-)
The first horses were brought to the America's by the Spaniards. Some of the horses escaped and adapted well to the climate and conditions of the America's and formed large herds. The first native Americans hunted the horses for meat then, somehow, they domesticated them. And Native Americans were smart and knew that raising cattle was dumb because Bison were so plentiful and had more uses. So, the first "cowboys" were probably Gaucho's from Spain brought in through Mexico. Could be wrong of course...but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Thanks, Jane. I'm no American, so I don't know at all :-)
That story sounds like cowpat to me. I have no authority for this, but my feeling has always been that cowboys are ranch hands or workers for hire, while a cattleman is one who owns cattle. (I'm an American, a Texan by birth, although my family did not own or work with cattle.)
That's what I thought, JC... But then I read this story that (in my opinion) makes some sense too
Neither do I, RWS :-)
Sorry starlord. I am no help, as I don't know. (❛ᴗ❛)