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  • Native Americans and the wheel....
    • Kate (Login kateothelamp)
      Posted Jun 6, 2012 1:57 AM

      ...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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