American Civilization

January 28, 2009

Florida Cowmen

Filed under: American West,Florida — equiano @ 9:00 pm

Remember how I told you in class that Florida has more cattle than Texas? Apparently this is no longer the case. The impact of a rising population and construction of homes and strip malls have diminished pasturage. According to the Baltimore Sun there are now 1 million head of cattle in the state, down from 2 million in 1972. In spite of that decline the cattle industry persists, as evidenced by  Bob “Dusty” Montana’s website Florida Cattle Ranch. (Check out “Palpating Cows” if you have a strong stomach.)

As we’ve seen, the notion of the West as the last frontier on the continent is an enduring part of the American myth-system. Yet the argument has been advanced that the last frontier was in fact located in Florida.

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