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Native Americans and the wheel....

June 6 2012 at 1:57 AM

Kate  (Login kateothelamp)

Response to Did they not all come from the same place?

...or lack thereof.

Terrain -- not suited to the wheel, no roads. Better suited to canoe, snowshoes, toboggan, sledge, and travois.

No suitable draft animals -- bison are not easy to domesticate to pull carts. Horses came later.

No need -- in Europe, Africa, and Asia, the wheel was utilized to build monuments and for agriculture -- neither were part of the nomadic Plains Indian culture. In South America, the Incas did train llamas to pull simple carts, and wheeled toys have been found.

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