|by Bonnie Marris
The history of the horse in North America can be told from northern Texas’ Blanco Canyon. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado camped there twice in 1541 while on his expedition to find El Dorado. The conquistadors’ lost and escaped horses would soon multiply exponentially and populate the west. The word Mustang comes from the Spanish Mestengo – “to stray”.
The great Comanche equestrian empire was born because of their proximity to Mexico. They were one of the first of the Plains Indian tribes to adopt the horse and became one of the West’s dominant tribes because of that. Comanche bred descendants of the original Spanish Jennets, Barbs & Sorraia roamed Blanco Canyon for centuries. Many a western film, including the classic The Big Country, was shot in this magnificent location.
With mustangs as symbols of freedom heroism and romance, Bonnie Marris’ Into Blanco Canyon portrays the limitless possibilities and bold independence we associate with the American West.
Fine Art Giclée
limited to 45 s/n.
36"w x 18"h.