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The Vaqueros

Date and Time: May 8, 2021, 1:30 PM CT

Location: Caldwell Opera House, 2 S Main St, Caldwell
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Presented by Gene Chavez

When Spanish settlers arrived in New Spain – later Mexico and the American Southwest – they brought with them the tradition of the Vaquero, a horse-mounted livestock herder that originated on the Iberian Peninsula of Europe. As American settlers moved west, they adopted the methods of the Vaqueros for managing large herds of cattle. In the 1870s, demand for beef grew and the cattle industry boomed. Massive cattle drives to railheads in towns like Garden City, Dodge City, and Abilene required the unique skills of Hispanic, Black, American Indian, and white cowboys of the Vaquero tradition. This presentation highlights the culture of the Vaquero, to include the development of the corrido, a form of ballad popular among cowboys.

Sponsored by: Caldwell Historical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Lu Ann Jamison
(620) 845-6904


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