✳Fun Fact:: You probably already know this but there were definitely black cowboys. As one descendant of a black cowboy explained, "We didn't write the books. We didn't produce the movies. So we were politely deleted." There is a conspicuous absence of the black cowboy recorded in the history of the American cattle-ranching industry. The role these men played in the settling of the Old West deserves scholarly attention."
And though African-American cowboys don't play a part in the popular narrative, historians estimate that one in four cowboys were black. The cowboy lifestyle came into its own in Texas, which had been cattle country since it was colonized by Spain in the 1500s. According to historians, about a third of all the cowboys were African American
The inferiority of blacks permeated the air during the old west and thereafter.
So the exploits of black cowboys, lawmen (yep that's right lawmen) and outlaws in the storied history of the old west, wasn’t deemed important or worthy enough of inclusion in the annuls of Old West history. Bass Reeves (July 1838 – 12 January 1910) was the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River. He worked mostly in Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory. He was credited with arresting more than 3,000 felons. He shot and killed 14 outlaws in self-defense. Isom Dart gained a reputation for being a notorious Wyoming Territory outlaw and rustler. Dart was one of the best riders, ropers, and bronco-busters known of his time. 🐺👒📷
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