MEXICO: Home of the Brave

To the young black bull, whose whole world had been the unpeopled, machine-less range, the two jeeps were a startling sight. When the jeeps came through the gate, the bull glared suspiciously and trotted off across the wide pasture of Mexico's La Punta, the world's biggest ranch for raising toros bravos (brave bulls). The jeeps bounced after him in hot pursuit. They were out on a tienta, a test of fighting quality (with modern trimmings), on which all things at La Punta depend.

Strapped to a perch atop the radiator of one of...

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