Cowboys, Rope Tricks, and Rodeos
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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.