The term “cowboy” was used during the American Revolution to describe American fighters who opposed the movement for independence. Claudius Smith, an outlaw identified with the Loyalist cause, was referred to as the “Cow-boy of the Ramapos” due to his penchant for stealing oxen, cattle and horses from colonists and giving them to the British. In the same period, a number of guerilla bands operated in Westchester County, which marked the dividing line between the British and American forces. These groups were made up of local farmhands who would ambush convoys and carry out raids on both sides. There were two separate groups: the “skinners” fought for the pro-independence side; the “cowboys” supported the British
In the Tombstone area in the 1880s, the term “Cowboy” or “cow-boy” was used pejoratively to describe men who had been implicated in various crimes. One loosely organized band was dubbed “The Cowboys,” and profited from smuggling cattle, alcohol, and tobacco across the U.S./Mexico border. The San Francisco Examiner wrote in an editorial, “Cowboys [are] the most reckless class of outlaws in that wild country…infinitely worse than the ordinary robber.” It became an insult in the area to call someone a “cowboy,” as it suggested he was a horse thief, robber, or outlaw. Cattlemen were generally called herders or ranchers. The Cowboys’ activities ultimately ended with the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the resulting Earp Vendetta Ride. -wikipedia
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