AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum
Re: Origins of the Western Cowboy
In Response To: Re: Origins of the Western Cowboy ()
Woods comment made its way into two more recent history books, as well as the National Park Service website, "Africans in the Low Country."
The word "cow boy" (two words, actually) was per the OED in print in Britain by 1725, so it would not be surprising that it sailed the Atlantic and took root in various regions. At the moment, however, the expression's use in New York to describe Tory rustlers during the Revolution is the eariest published citation. More digging may result in earlier citations.