A Novel Solution
Introduced to the Americas by arriving Conquistadors centuries earlier, cattle are an ideal source of nourishment. “You’re talking about a mobile source of food, a source of food that can more or less feed itself on the way from A to B, a source of food that really, for all practical purposes until it’s slaughtered is refrigerated, and it’s also a multiplying source of food,” Wright explains.
But with Louisiana recovering from the effect of recent hurricanes, Galvez looked west for help—to
Texas, with its droves of wild longhorns. Texas’ governor was initially reluctant to intercede, though. “He protested, saying ‘this isn’t really practical, this is going to lead to inflation of cattle prices, this touches on certain free trade issues that we really don’t want to get into, there’s problems in remuneration, there’s problems with communication, and not to mention that it’s actually very difficult to transfer across six, seven hundred miles, thousands of cattle, through hostile territory, native American territory,’” Wright explains.