Cowboys in the American West cattle-raising towns existed long before the Plains had been cleared of buffalo

Most cowboys were black or mexican
the cowboy's drove the cattle from Texas to the railroads up north because there were no railroads in Texas yet
homesteaders had crops on the trail where the cattle would go, they would get mad and try to attack the cowboys and their cattle.
homesteaders got tired of the cattle coming and destroying their crops, so they put barbed wire up to protect their crops.
the barbed wire blocked off any way to get to the train with the cattle. so the cowboys career ended.

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