The American word “buckaroo” comes from the Spanish vaquero, meaning cowboy.
It was picked up as Americans moved into western lands once owned by Mexico.
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- What is the speed limit in New York City? The speed limit in New York City is thirty miles per hour on the streets, 50 miles per hour on the highways, except where otherwise noted.