North American Cattle-Ranching Frontiers: Origins, Diffusion and Differentiation

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University of New Mexico Press, 1993 - History - 439 pages
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Cattle ranching in the Old World and New is reinterpreted in this pathbreaking study that both recasts the history of a well-known topic and is also truly original. Jordan begins by tracing how different cattle-raising cultures in Spain, the British Isles, and North Africa helped shape varieties of ranching in the New World. He then delineates the American adaptations of ranching beginning with European expansion into the Caribbean and then considers continued evolution in Mexico, the American South, and the West. By 1850, three distinct ranching cultures existed - Midwestern, Californian, and Texan. Jordan argues that over the next fifty years the Midwestern system triumphed over its two rivals throughout the West. In particular, the role of Texas is depicted as less important than previously thought.

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Contents

The Nature of Cattle Ranching
17
Atlantic Fringe Source Regions
25
Implantments and Adaptations in the West Indies
65
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About the author (1993)

The W. P. Webb Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas in Austin, Terry G. Jordan received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1965 and was part of the strong tradition in historical geography there. Over the past 20 years, he has produced a set of books that combine the best traditions in cultural geography. In these works he has included both cultural landscape features, such as building types, and more broadly relevant historical topics, such as ethnicity. Jordan, who has served as president of the Association of American Geographers, also has brought his expertise to general texts in cultural geography.

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