Genealogy: Were Your Ancestors Latin Cowboys?

My dictionary tells me a Gaucho is a “cowboy of the pampas.” This cowboy is “of mixed Spanish and Indian descent.” My encyclopedia tells me that a Gaucho is a “mixture of Spanish and Indian.” By Indian they mean one of the Native People of North or South America, not India. In elementary school the emphasis as I remember it was on the Spanish heritage of the Gaucho. I hadn’t thought of the Gaucho as being Indian. There was a catchy tune we used to sing in school, “See the Gaucho ride the pampas, ride the pampas green and wide.” (The pampas is what South Americans call their treeless grassland regions.) This romantic version of Latin Cowboys should include the history of the Native People whose skills no doubt gave rise to their popularity and whose heritage may belong in many a family tree. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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