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What do you know about Cowboys?
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1) What we now consider the cowboy tradition began with the hacienda system during medieval.  Old West History Made Easy
Where was the cowboy tradition developed?

  1. United Kingdom

  2. German

  3. Spain

2) During the 16th century, the Conquistadors and other Spanish settlers brought their cattle-raising traditions as well as their horses and cattle to the Americas.
What US state did the cattle tradition begin in the 16th century?

  1. Florida

  2. Arizona

  3. Missouri

3) Many historian believe one event that is the most significant to ranch life in the new world.
What was this event?

  1. Rifle

  2. Horses

  3. Pigs

4) Geography, climate and cultural traditions caused differences to develop in cattle-handling methods and equipment from one part of the United States to another.
Which tradition is one of the least known?

  1. Dakota

  2. Pennsylvania Dutch

  3. Hawaiian

5) The Texas cowboy tradition from Mexico flowed into the Western United States by the expansion of the experience of these Texas cowboys.
What the event that lead to the expansion?

  1. Cattle drives to Kansas and Nebraska.

  2. Railroads moving across the Western states.

  3. The end of the Civil War.

6) English speaking settlers into California referred to the vaquero as another name.
What was this name?

  1. Gold Diggers

  2. Buckaroos

  3. Cattle Handlers

7) The Florida cowboys were known for not using lassos to herd the cattle.
What equipment did they use?

  1. Mules

  2. Bullwhips

  3. Walking Sticks

8) After the Civil War, African-Americans moved to the west and many became cowboys. On the cattle drives from Texas to the rail heads, what is believed to be the percentage of African-Americans?

  1. 1%

  2. 10%

  3. 25%

9) In the 1930s and 1940s, Western movies popularized the cowboy lifestyle but also formed persistent stereotypes.
What is NOT really associated with being a cowboy?

  1. Gunslinger

  2. Indian Fighter

  3. Crop Duster

10) Today, a popular style of natural horsemanship was originally developed by practitioners who were predominantly from California and the Northwestern states, clearly combining the attitudes and philosophy of the California vaquero with the equipment and outward look of the Texas cowboy.
What is this popular horsemanship style?

  1. Range Rider

  2. Texas Cowboy

  3. Horse Whisperer

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