Arab Berbers Ride Hard

painting of arab warrior by bob boze bell
Painting by Bob Boze Bell.

Historian Stuart Rosebrook argues the birthplace of the cowboy is in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria in North Africa, where the “…Zeneta Berber [tribesmen], astride their Arab Barbs in light saddles with short stirrups, armed with light swords and pikes, were legendary for their swift and deadly cavalry.”

 

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In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.