America’s first cowboys did not ride the Wild West

We love the western cowboys of Hollywood fame. But the real first cowboys were called cowmen, and they trailblazed the piney woods, swamplands, and plains of Florida. Here’s the fascinating story. How does it live on today?


The legacy of America’s first cowmen

Listen to the voices of people who live and know the world of Florida’s cowmen. Among those featured in our 2001 radio program is the late author and scholar Joe Akerman, who wrote our FORUM feature on “America’s First Cowmen.”

Florida cattle drives continue…

Check out the 2016 Great Florida Cattle Drive. It’s not for sissies.


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