"The boards of the palisade were black with the dried blood of the ten thousand gamecocks that had died there"
Cockfight (Puerto Rico, 1937), photographed by Edwin Rosskam
Public DomainCockfight (Puerto Rico, 1937), photographed by Edwin Rosskam - Credit: United States Library of Congress

In Mexico, cockfights are a legal activity and a popular part of Mexican culture.

They often take place during village fairs and festivities, drawing crowds to place their bets and watch their chosen gamecock battle another rooster - sometimes, but not always, to the death - in the cockfighting ring known as the Palenque.