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the covered wagon

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Britney Taylor

on 23 April 2013

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the covered wagon by:britneytaylor The invention and how its made and what it does Invented name of invention why it was invented The covered wagon was invented in 1749 in Pennesylvania the same year that the Conostoga wagon was invented. The covered wagon was invented to improve transporting and to come up with a secure way to transport goods along journeys.Mainly to improve sources of transportation These wagons were built mostly for transporting goods over long distances, for example, shipping goods for sale from Lancaster to Philadelphia. The wagon had a long bed, about 16 feet long, that had a very recognizable sloping bottom, lowest in the middle.It was sloped this way to keep goods from shifting and sliding as it went up and down hills. This feature also made the wagon float just a little when it forded rivers. The capacity of these wagons was as much as 3,500 pounds, and six or eight rods were placed over top for a white cloth to be stretched over to protect the goods from the weather.The wheels were five or six feet high, and four inches wide to keep it from sinking in the mud. The wagons were usually brightly painted, blue on the body and red on the wheels.The Conestoga wagon used also for military purposes as Generals Braddock and Forbes led troops westward, and then later they were used as settlers moved all their worldly possessions across the plains to the new lands Inventors the inventors of the covered wagon are thomas fall and jack dickson 2 famous exploers in 1749 invented the covered wagon. Bio of inventors The covered wagon was invented in 1749 by the Pennsylvania German wagon builders Jack dickson and thomas fall. It was the same year the Conestoga wagon was invented. these men were from pennsylvania.They wanted to come up with a better traveling source. Affect on American History it affected american history by providing a much easier way to transport goods materials and belongings and also sometimes families for pilgrims and others and as seen it was very complex on transportation.The peak years of use for the Conestoga wagons were from 1820 to 1840. They were used most extensively in Pennsylvania and the nearby states of Maryland, Ohio and Virginia. The wagons proved to be of particular use in carrying farm products such as corn, barley and wheat to be sold in cities, and to transport commodities back from urban to rural communities. Affect on american culture The covered wagon, also known as a prairie schooner, is a cultural icon of the American Old West.the covered wagon affected american culture by it provided a source of transporation that allow anyone to make repairs on uncomplicated mechanics and provided a simple mode of transportation.Also Pioneers made use of these vehicles on there journeys,while on these journeys people spread there culture and new ideas spread threw the U.S. affect on american policies Affected american policies by it gave people the right to transport there goods and travel by using this EXTRAVOGENT wagon, it improved the way americans transported their goods, and turned out to work well for pilgrims and others and fit there needs.So now they have a way to transport goods and not have to carry them on there journeys 10 facts Each wagon was drawn by several teams of horses, mules, or oxen

Many were boat shaped with oarlocks so they might be floated over streams, the animals swimming across.

the covered wagon used by emigrants on the Oregon and California trails differed in size, design, and purpose.

Conestoga wagons were primarily designed to haul heavy goods for trade along the eastern coast, while smaller covered wagons were the vehicle of choice for emigrant groups headed to western destinations.

Emigrants using covered wagons assembled at such points west of the Missouri River as Independence,

organized into caravans—called wagon trains—for companionship and protection.

emigrants would often draw their wagons into a circle to serve as a corral for their animals and post sentinels to guard against livestock raids

Covered wagons remain in museums, including the Conestoga wagon original at Pittsburgh

The covered wagon was fundamentally a wagon box with a framework of hoop-shaped slats over which a canvas tent was stretched to make a "covered" wagon.

the covered wagon is transporation use for many people back then. The name of this invention is the covered wagon.Also known as the prairie schooner or conostoga wagon.The covered wagon, also known as a prairie schooner, is aculutrual icon of the american old west covered wagons were commonly used for transporting goods within the United States, in the mid-nineteenth century thousands of Americans took them across the Great Plains from developed parts of the Midwest to places in the West such as California, Oregon, Colorado, and Montana.
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