American Cowboys. True Tales of the Wild West by Jeff Savage

By Jeff Savage

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of farm animals within the nighttime darkness. hurricane clouds plastered the sky. by surprise, a clap of thunder stirred the farm animals. fearful by means of the loud sound, the livestock have been off and operating. Stampede! McCauley's horse obtained jittery, and took him in each course. McCauley used to be misplaced! The lifetime of a cowboy within the Wild West used to be difficult. From branding livestock to farm animals drives, a cowboy labored tough. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yank cowboys, from rounding up farm animals to the top of a protracted force.

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They had to direct the cattle through rugged terrain, fend off American Indian attacks and cattle rustlers, and deal with a constant need of water. Lost The first drive for twenty-four-year-old Ben Mayes was embarrassing. He arrived in camp just as the drive began. ” The horses and cattle took off in a mad dash. Mayes tried his best to keep up, but eventually he lost sight of everyone. Worse yet, he didn’t know where he was. He couldn’t find camp for three days. Mayes was relieved when two cowboys found him and led him to camp.

2 James had always been teased at school. One day, when he could no longer stand it, he stabbed a bully in the ribs with a knife. He raced home before the authorities arrived, kissed his mother good-bye, and ran off to the West. Women Cowboys Though uncommon, women played a role as cowboys. For the most part, women worked as ranch hands, keeping watch over the herds and rounding up cattle. It was often on their own family’s ranch. Usually, when a father or husband would die, families thought it quite natural for a woman to help with the farmwork.

The land would become theirs if the settlers lived on the land for five years and improved it. homesteaders—Settlers who received land according to the laws of the 1862 Homestead Act. lariat/lasso—A rope cowboys used to catch runaway cattle. long drive—The journey made by cowboys and their herds from their grazing lands to the railroads. The drives would cover up to 1,000 miles, and take two or three months to complete. missions—The Spanish set up religious missions throughout the southwestern United States to convert the American Indians to the Roman Catholic religion.

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