Original size 75x105cm watercolour and pencil on 600gsm cotton paper.

The Texas Longhorns have a link with Christopher Columbus. 

On his second voyage to the New World (1493), Columbus brought cattle with him from the Canary Islands. A study conducted in 2013 by the University of Texas in Austin, connected the cattle genetically as progenitors of Texas Longhorns. 

Over Centuries,  Spanish settlers and missionaries drove these ancestral Longhorn cattle herds North, over Mexican lands towards what we now call Texas. There was a time when Texas Longhorns were feral.

Because the Spaniards believed in open range feeding many cattle escaped, were left behind on their travels  or just wandered off. In the days predating barbed wire fences, these cattle also intermingled with other bovine breeds brought to the continent. Cattle interbred, became wild and left to their own devices underwent a process of Natural Selection. Only the strongest survived.

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