Cowboys of South America
• The cowboys of South America
The term "gauchos" - the approximate equivalent of the North American word "cowboy". They led a nomadic life, were not subject to any authority, and graze cattle on land that were colonies of Spain and Portugal. South American cowboys wore a felt hat, boots and a long, sharp knife behind his back. Gauchos were skilled riders in the saddle almost all the time.
From March 29 to April 5 in Uruguay held "Week Criollo", where the best riders demonstrate their skills - to stay in the saddle on the horse. It should be noted that this annual event a lot of opponents who feel unsafe these competitions, both for humans and for animals.
It is believed that the first gaucho appeared in the XVII century and were mostly young Creoles and mestizos.
Gauchos led a nomadic life and lived freely on the lands of the north Patagonia to the Rio Grande do Sul, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes
Gaucho usually portrayed lean, strong and agile, mostly silent. Gaucho it was a mixture of archaic Spanish and Indian languages with a dash of African and Portuguese words.
Gauchos were skilled riders. Until today preserved some traditional fun gauchos: they are all connected with the skill of riding. Gaucho without a horse ceased to be a gaucho.
Gaucho became a key figure in the War of Independence of Argentina's 1810-1825. Gaucho also took part in the struggle for the independence of Uruguay and Bolivia.
This photo competition with the riders in Uruguay on "Criollo Week", which runs from March 29 to April 5, 2015