In July America celebrates its independence on the Fourth of July. Well, the fourth Saturday of July is National Day of the Cowboy. I stumbled across this wonderful news and have been posting it here and there, and thought I'd share it with you!
The cowboy has an interesting history. In fact, they didn't come about until after the civil war. Sure, herds of cattle were rounded up and there were cattle drives before the civil war, but they were small in comparison to what came next. The aftermath of the war changed things and in this case, it changed the demand for beef.
As more and more settlers moved west and the country recovered, the demand for beef grew. A lot of which was in Texas! Ranchers let their cattle roam free and over time the animals became wild and unruly. They
But the name "cowboy" is just one of many. The men who rounded up cattle or horses were also known as buckaroo, cowman, cowgirl, cowhand, cowpoke, cowpuncher among other names like waddy (or waddie if you're in the west) and wrangler. Other terms are caballero (mostly in the Southwest) gaucho, vaquero, cowherd, drover, herder among others.
So come July 27th of this month, celebrate National Day of the Cowboy by thinking about how these brave men and women (yes, there were quite a few of those) helped shape this great nation in the aftermath of disaster and war. It wasn't easy, and cowboys and cowgirls today work just as hard.
Thank you to the cowboy!
Until next time,