CD017 Standing Vaquero
This dismounted vaquero again has the short ‘Mexican’ – style jacket topped by a long ‘poncho’ and the ever present sombrero.
The Spanish word ‘Vaquero’ or the Portuguese ‘Vaqueiro’ is literally translated as a ‘horse-mounted livestock herder’ whose roots go all the way back to the Iberian Peninsula and then some time later to the one-time Spanish colony of Mexico. The Vaquero with his skills and practical knowledge of handling and herding cattle was to become the foundation for the North American cowboy.
By the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the great Cattle Drives many experienced ‘vaqueros’ found their services in high demand with the top trail bosses putting together teams of cowboys to drive the huge herds of Texas ‘Longhorns’ all the way up to the railheads in Kansas and beyond.