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The always popular cowboy is joined by the fascinating gaucho, llanero, vaquero, and charro as Slatta compares their work techniques, roundups, songs, tack, lingo, equestrian culture, and vices. We visit saloons and pulperÍas as well as plains pampas, and Slatta expertly compares clothing, weather, terrain, diets, alcoholic beverages, card games ,and military tactics. From primary records we learn how Europeans, Native Americans, and African Americans become the ranch hands, cowmen, and buckaroos of the Americas, and why their dependence on the ranch cattle industry kept them bachelors and landless peons.
Richard W. Slatta is Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of numerous books, including Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers.
"Slatta vigorously examines the historical, cultural, and populist aspects of cowboying, paying close attention to their material culture, recreation, and working conditions. This is an enormously interesting and informative study."---Books of the Southwest
|List of Illustrations|
|Ch. 1||Historical Frontier Imagery in Canada, the United States, and Latin America||3|
|Ch. 2||Indian Equestrian Economies: A Hemispheric Perspective||35|
|Ch. 3||Extremes of Empire: Spanish Colonial Military Policy in the Pampas of Argentina and the Internal Provinces of New Spain||52|
|Ch. 4||Vaqueros and Charros: Mexico's Horsemen||74|
|Ch. 5||Cowboys, Gauchos, and Llaneros||83|
|Ch. 6||Frontier Institutions: Western Saloons and Argentine Pulperias||99|
|Ch. 7||Turner's Influence in Canada and Latin America||121|
|Ch. 8||Gaucho and Gaucho: Comparative Socioeconomic Change in Rio Grande do Sul and Buenos Aires Province, 1869-1920||135|
|Ch. 9||Social History in the Saddle: Trailing Cowboys of the Americas||155|
|Ch. 10||Dangers of Frontier Overrevisionism: Cautionary Notes from Alberta to Abilene to Argentina||182|