Truly a great classic from the late historian and master artist of the borderlands. Chronicles in rich detail the hundred years of Spanish ranching that came before Mexico, and later, Texas independence. Jackson shows the the feral increase of the early herds, the conflicts over ownership of the wild animals referred to as mestenos, the emergence of Spanish “dynasties” and the attempts of colonial government to regulate the industry. All this before The first Anglo ranchers appeared who adapted this early cattle culture. College Station, 2006 Third Texas A&M University Press On Demand ed. 6 x 9, 704 Pgs., PB.