In late 1830, Nash County, N.C. plantation owner Nicholas Arrington accepted Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s challenge to a cockfight. Arrington and about a dozen friends spent six months crossing the country with more than 300 gamecocks in a dozen mule-drawn wagons to meet the Mexican president outside modern-day El Paso in April the following year.
BLOODLINE episodes that explore the rise and fall of cockfighting in England. The British embraced the…
Shot in 1896 in Mexico by Lumiere Brothers employees Gabriel Veyre and Fernand Von Bernard, this cockfight was one of the first films made in Mexico and may be the first cockfight depicted in a moving picture.
At its height in the 17th and 18th centuries, cocking permeated British culture without exclusion, occupying crown, court, church and countryman for centuries. Called the “Pleasure of Princes” or the “Royal Pasttime” in books from that time, it was at the same time a rabble darling, a people’s diversion.
Bloodline explores the largely unwritten history and culture of the gamefowl community, including but not limited to the ancient past time of cockfighting.