Gauchos

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According to Commodore Juan Jose Guiraldes, the late founder of the Confederación Gaucha Argentina, between 1550 and 1750 some men made their living killing wild cattle that roamed the Pampas (flat grasslands) on horseback. These primitive gauchos were forced to become highly skilled riders as well as horse-breakers. Many times, their lives were in great peril and their horse was their only hope of survival, as well as their most prized possession. The gauchos lived at the edges of civilization, driving cattle, fighting off brutal Indian attacks, and even joining the Creole army during the War of Independence.