Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn May 9, 1887, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” opened in London, England. The show, developed by former Army scout “Buffalo” Bill Cody, was a circus-like extravaganza depicting an exciting, romantic fable of life in America’s “Wild West.”"Buffalo Bill’s Wild West" had already enjoyed years of success touring venues across the United States. The show featured Pony Express relay races, sharpshooting, Native Americans in costume, and cowboys performing rope tricks and daredevil horseback riding. The most extravagant and popular parts of the show were elaborately choreographed fights and staged attacks by Native Americans on forts or settlers’ cabins. Some of the celebrities who participated in "Buffalo Bill’s Wild West" include sharpshooter Annie Oakley, Lakota leader Sitting Bull, and frontierswoman Calamity Jane."Buffalo Bill’s Wild West" was wildly popular. Queen Victoria herself attended two performances, and the show traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. In fact, the show eventually included “rough riders” from all over the world. Costumed Mongolians, gauchos, Arabs, vaqueros, and Cossacks joined American cowboys in demonstrating their equestrian skill.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry bison Noun
large mammal native to North America. Also called American buffalo.
to plan and direct the movements of a dance.
people and culture native to western Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine.
person who herds cattle on a ranch, usually on a horse.
complex and detailed.
having to do with horses.
outrageous or unreasonable.
lavish production, often humorous or whimsical, with elaborate costumes and staging.
traditional short story that usually has a moral lesson.
enemy or antagonist.
military outpost, area, or set of buildings.
largely unpopulated area that is slowly being opened up for settlement.
South American cowboy.
people and culture of seven Sioux tribes native to the Great Plains.
Native American Noun
person whose ancestors were native inhabitants of North or South America. Native American usually does not include Eskimo or Hawaiian people.
person who is among the first to do something.
Pony Express Noun
(1860-1861) mail route between Missouri and California.
relay adjective, noun
type of team racing where athletes compete in sequence. Also called a relay race.
person who serves in a military.
Latin American cowboy.
location of an event.
Wild West Noun
(1850-1900) western part of the United States, before and during the establishment of stable government.