Hispanic influence on the vocabulary of the Old West

The Hispanic legacy in ranching, cattle driving and the Old West in general is readily apparent in many of its words and terms. The word ranch is familiar to everyone these days as a word for a large stock-farm and herding establishment. This meaning only emerged in the early 1830’s and its origin, strangely, is… Read More

Black cowboys

The wall-to-wall white faces in Old West movies give an altogether false impression of how things actually were. In reality, black cowboys made up about a quarter of the hands on many cattle drives, and in some areas they even predominated. Some of the stories which belong to these men have been used in films,… Read More