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From 1866 to 1886, the main job of the cowboy was

A

to protect herds from being attacked by Native Americans.

B

to watch over the health and well-being of the livestock on the ranch.

C

irrelevant, as Northern troops were in control of Texas, and occupation limited the cattle industry from truly flourishing.

D

to fight other cowboys over rights to prime grazing grounds.

E

to lead the herds to Kansas, where they would be loaded on trains to Eastern slaughterhouses.

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