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From 1866 to 1886, the main job of the cowboy was
to protect herds from being attacked by Native Americans.
to watch over the health and well-being of the livestock on the ranch.
irrelevant, as Northern troops were in control of Texas, and occupation limited the cattle industry from truly flourishing.
to fight other cowboys over rights to prime grazing grounds.
to lead the herds to Kansas, where they would be loaded on trains to Eastern slaughterhouses.