Cockfighting

Cockfighting

In rural Puerto Rico, galleras (cockfight rings), like churches, were part of a visit to town and a popular form of gambling. Families staked time and energy training their roosters for their day in the ring. Before the fight, the gamblers said prayers and made wagers; the birds, wearing spurs, fought to the end. After the fight, the money, the birds, and the reputations were collected. Despite long-standing campaigns against cockfights, many people still ready their birds for the ring in Puerto Rico. This postcard from the early 20th century shows a cock fight outdoors.