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Texas Longhorn
(most common name)
(transboundary/brand name)

(local/other name):
• Longhorn

The Texas Longhorn, they say, began in 1540 with Criollo cattle from Mexico and went on to become a true breed in the mid-1800’s. (However, they almost died out in the winter of 1886–1887.)

Criollo cattle: Northwestern Blond Iberian Spanish cattle became Canary Island cattle — some of which were brought by Columbus in 1493 to Santo Domingo (which is now the capitol of the Dominican Republic).

More and more cattle were brought by Spanish ships and these cattle then spread throughout the islands of the Caribbean and became known as Criollo cattle.

It was into Mexico in 1521 that Criollo cattle were brought to the mainland for the first time (supposedly from Santo Domingo) — and it’s from Mexico that the Criollo then spread into the Americas.

This page was last updated on: 2020-01-01


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