Lavishly illustrated with photographs, paintings, and movie stills, this Western Heritage Award-winning book explores what life was actually like for the working cowboy in North America. "If you read only one book on cowboys, read this one".--Journal of the Southwest.
"Well-written study of 19th-century caudillismo and border politics looks at both leaders and followers during the 1893-94 Federalist War and subsequent uprisings in Uruguay. The caudillos were charismatic leaders who embodied the values and aspirations of the rural masses on both sides of the border, values represented by the 'myth of the patriada.'"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
This historical geography is concerned with the developments which have taken place from the early sixteenth century, when Uruguay -- then called the Banda Oriental -- was considered "land without use value", until the beginning of the twentieth century when the foundations were laid for the "welfare state" which existed until the 1960s. The topics dealt with include the development of cattle ranching, arable farming, and private landownership; the foundation of settlements; the building of a physical infrastructure; the growth of the country's population; and the immigration and the role played by the immigrants in the development of the countryside.