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Black Ranching FrontiersAfrican Cattle Herders of the Atlantic World, 1500-1900$
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Andrew Sluyter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179927

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179927.001.0001

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New Spain

New Spain

(p.19) Chapter Two New Spain
Black Ranching Frontiers

Andrew Sluyter

Yale University Press

This chapter examines New Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, focusing on the lowlands along the Gulf of Mexico where cattle ranching first became established. By the seventeenth century, the cattle population of New Spain had boomed and two dominant ranching districts had emerged. Minor ranching districts became established along the Pacific coast, but not until 1540. Blacks actually had much more opportunity to make creative contributions in America than in either al-Andalus or Andalusia. The distinctive herding ecology and practices that emerged from that hybridization came to dominate much of the North American Great Plains during a brief florescence in the late nineteenth century, first spurred by post-Civil War industrialization and then overwhelmed by it as barbed wire closed the range.

Keywords:   New Spain, cattle population, cattle ranching, blacks, herding ecology, hybridization, florescence, post-Civil War industrialization

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