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Los mesteños : Spanish ranching in Texas, 1721-1821 / by Jack Jackson ; illustrated by the author.

By: Jackson, Jack, 1941-2006.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University: no. 18.Publisher: College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1986Edition: 1st ed.Description: xx, 704 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0890962308; 9780890962305; 0890962359 (jacket); 9780890962350 (jacket).Subject(s): Ranch life -- Texas -- History -- 18th century | Ranch life -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Ranching -- Texas -- History -- 18th century | Ranching -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Spaniards -- Texas -- History -- 18th century | Spaniards -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Texas -- History -- To 1846 | Ranch life Texas History 18th century | Ranch life Texas History 19th century | Ranching Texas History 18th century | Ranching Texas History 19th century | Spaniards Texas History 18th century | Spaniards Texas History 19th century | Texas History To 1846Additional physical formats: Online version:: Mesteños.DDC classification: 976.4/04 Other classification: NN 1710 | 7,34 Summary: Describes the hundred years of Texas cattle ranching before Mexico and Texas gained independence, as well as background starting with the introduction of livestock into the region, and traces the influence of Spanish ranching on the industry since the efforts of the first Anglo settlers.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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F389 .J25 1986 (Browse shelf) Available 0000100025261

Bibliography: p. [661]-675.

Includes index.

Describes the hundred years of Texas cattle ranching before Mexico and Texas gained independence, as well as background starting with the introduction of livestock into the region, and traces the influence of Spanish ranching on the industry since the efforts of the first Anglo settlers.

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``Stray, unbranded, and ownerless''-los meste~nos-these were the animals in 18th-century Spanish Texas that laid the foundation for the ranch country of which Walter Prescott Webb and J. Frank Dobie wrote. Bexar County became the focal point of cattle raising in colonial Texas. Descendants of the earliest Spanish soldiers and the Canary Island settlers tried to lay claim to unbranded cattle, many of which belonged to the missions before secularization in 1794. Leading cattle raisers participated in the first big Texas roundup for branding purposes in 1787. At issue, in part, was the cattlemen's contention that unmarked animals had never been recognized as property of the Crown. Indian hostilities as well as the absence of very wealthy individuals and dependable markets for large stock raisers restricted Texas economic development. A nonprofessional historian, Jackson credits such scholars as Sandra Myres for her groundbreaking studies. Jackson's extraordinary research in primary sources, especially the Bexar Archives, is highly commendable and will convince those who appreciate details in support of generalizations that Anglo-Texans ``took over'' rather than created the cattle industry. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-D.E. Everett, Trinity University, San Antonio

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