In the Days of the Vaqueros

In the Days of the Vaqueros

America's First True Cowboys

Book - 2001
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Long before cattle or cowboys first appeared in the American West, men were herding livestock in Spanish Mexico. Conscripted by wealthy Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century, these Native American vaqueros became spectacular riders and ropers as they mastered the art of cow herding. Three hundred years later, they taught the inexperienced settlers of the American West how to round up cattle, bring down a steer, and break a wild bronco. It was from the vaqueros that cowboys derived their distinctive clothing, saddles, and lingo -- words like lasso, dally, and buckaroo. But it is the cowboy whose fabled reputation we remember, while the vaquero has all but disappeared from history. Russell Freedman tells the fascinating story of the vaqueros in this dramatic account of the first true cowboys, illustrated with evocative period paintings and drawings. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780395967881
0395967880
Branch Call Number: F790.M5 F74 2001
Characteristics: 70 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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