Little known fact: cowboys didn’t actually originated in the western territories of the U.S. They came up within the cattle industry which has it’s roots on the eastern coast as early as the colonial period. Cattle raising groups existed throughout Massachusetts, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia and Alabama before anything existed out west. But these cowboys were never anyone’s heroes; that image of cowboy [the rugged, husky man that had little regard for the law and rode for valor] originated in Texas. It was there that the cowboy had it’s hay-day and where their legend was born; they had 20 years between 1866 and 1886 that well established their status in history.