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Morgan Bonaparte "Bone" Mizell, caught between two Worlds!
When people think cowboy their theme song is usually considered as Home on the Range. That would be correct in Western Cowboy lore but the lyrics don't coincide with America's original cowmen, the cow hunters. Now simply known as the Florida Crackers the title has developed into an entirely new meaning that includes anyone who has been born and raised here.
Unlike western stories about the American cowboy not much is written about the first American cowboys. Here in Florida is where their roots began. Not too much romanticism exists in an environment of sweltering heat, swarms of mosquitoes and sloughing through water all day.
They were called cow hunters or cow men, not cowboys. The tools they had were mainly a spanish bred small, sturdy and agile horse called a Marsh-Tackie that could endure Florida's harsh summer heat. A gun was almost a luxury but their whips were mandatory. It's said that a cow hunter could flick a fly off a cow's butt while not disturbing a hair. At roundup time toward Summer's end the crack of the whip is what got the herds moving and earned these men the nickname by Florida Cracker at the turn of the19th century.
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