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A couple of wild-looking individuals, with hanging hair and drooping hats that reminded him more of hanging moss than of the proper cowboys he had befriended out West, that’s how Frederic Remington would describe the people he encountered on his trip to Florida in 1895. Working for Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, the New York painter of cowboys had been tasked with visiting Arcadia, Florida and do what he did best: painting and writing about the people of that unusual neck of the woods. The product of that adventure was a hilariously written and exquisitely illustrated article describing the bushwacking nature and the less than gentle disposition of what Remington called the Florida Cracker Cowboys.
Although this beautiful ink on paper drawing might not, at first sight, make that visible, Remington was thoroughly abhorred by the people and practices of the then decadent Florida cattle business. He compares the Florida Cracker Cowboy to the residents of the Western Frontier he was used to by calling the first yellow curs and the latter fox terriers. While Remington saw the Western cowboy as a proud, fierce creature, the only similarities these men he met in Florida had to those in Texas were the fact that they tied their ponies up by the head and were drunk within fifteen minutes of coming into town. As the artist himself put it, although some of their tail feathers were the same, these Florida men were a whole different kind of bird.
In his article, Remington goes on to describe the Florida Cracker Cowboy as a violent, desperate, and often dangerous type, such as the combination of the former characteristics tends to create. He explained how stealing cattle and destroying the previous owner’s brand was a common practice treated almost as a craft by the locals, who took pride in how cleverly they could make one brand become another and another yet again. To himself, he would consider what fate would befall these men if they had tried to ply their trade out West, and Remington thought that it would involve a court, rifles, and quite possibly jail or a noose.
Remington concluded by positing that, even though the thin cattle down there was not fit even to provide a dog with a full meal, it was undoubtedly fought for with tooth and nail.
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