The iconic vision of an American cowboy of early 19th century arose from the Vaquero tradition of northern Mexico and became legend. When Spanish settlers brought longhorn cattle to the Southwest they also brought the traditions of cattle wrangling. The Spanish term for cowboy is vaquero. Ranch hands who drove the cattle from Mexico into what is now the southwestern part of the United States were called Cowboys. Western wear has its roots in this unique Spanish culture as well. In the early 1900s railroad advertisements meant for tourists created images of the cowboy as a clean-cut Anglo-Saxon singing songs by a campfire.  Hollywood movies popularized this image with Westerns in the 1930s and 40s.

Western Expansion games that Pioneer childrens played

Western Expansion: Pioneer Era Games That Laura Ingalls Would Have Played

Western Expansion Early American Pioneer Children's Games

Western Expansion Historically Accurate American Pioneer Children's Games

Play Stock a Chuckwagon, Lead a Cattle Drive, Do You Speak Cowboy?, Stampede!

Pecos Bill (cartoon video, cowboy folktale)

Ride Cowboy Ride (song, video cartoon)

The American Cowboy (video)

Cowboys today - keeping the cowboy tradition alive (video)

Cowboys (short video)

Old Booger corral cowboy themed flash game

Cowboy dual game

Gun blood cowboy themed game

Those crazy cows game

Can You Find the Cow Math Game

Louisiana Purchase

Lewis and Clark

Overland Trails - Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Life on the Trail

Pioneers, Early Settlers

Gold Rush

Wild West

Western Growth - Cattle Ranches, Indian Wars, Pony Express

Railroads

Daily Life in the Colonies

Mem's Scrapbook

What is it? Everyday items

Interactive History - Colonial House

Wonderful website: 13 colonies government

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639

Virginia House of Burgesses

Vocabulary Matching

Colonial Government

Emergence of Colonial Government

Colonial Occupations

Pilgrims & Puritans

Colonial Religion

Life in Colonial America

13 Colonies - Government,
New England, Middle, Southern

American History Games

Free iPad apps about US Western Expansion

American History Games

 Test Your True Grit

Cowboy bullets game

Hurry before the cow explodes cowboy game

Really funny cowboy school game

Gunshot cowboy game

Cowboys versus Pirates game

25 Flash cowboy themed games

Nicky's Roundup (cowboy game)

What equipment did a cowboy have?

Real American Cowboys

Leon's Bucking Bronco game

The cattle industry on the great plains

American History Games