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The Cattle Trade

Open ranching of cattle started in Mexico, which also included Texas until 1836.
Texas rebelled against Mexican rule in 1836, and entered the USA in 1840. Many
Mexicans were driven out, leaving their cattle to Anglo-American ranchers.
The Anglo-Americans brought their own cattle with them, some descended…

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Cowboys

Large numbers of cowboys were Mexican or African Americans. Some were ex-soldiers
from the Civil War, some were outlaws.
Most Cowboys were young and single. They had little time for a family life.
A tiny number of women took to ranching in their own right. The Becker sisters ran…

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