Cattle Industry

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  • The cattle industry played a crucial role in the settlement and development of the West, and it remains important today in many areas throughout the region. The industry is almost synonymous with the winning of the West, but its traditions originated elsewhere. The Spanish began raising cattle in Florida as early as the 1560s, and the practice quickly spread to colonial Mexico. Colonists from northwest Europe also brought ranching to the English colonies, where it started to flourish in South Carolina. By the 1830s, American ranchers began to compete with Mexican cattlemen for land. Texas's independence delivered millions of acres of rich grassland into Anglo hands, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo added millions of acres of ranch land to the United States. Although many ...

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