Wheeled transport in pre-colonial West Africa

  title={Wheeled transport in pre-colonial West Africa},
  author={R. C. C. Law},
  pages={249 - 262}
  • R. Law
  • Published 1 July 1980
  • History
  • Africa
Opening Paragraph One of the most important differences in technology between Africa south of the Sahara during the pre-colonial period and many other areas of the world, it is frequently suggested, was the almost complete absence in the former of any form of wheeled transport. The transport of goods overland in pre-colonial sub-Saharan Africa was normally done by pack animals, where these were available, or more generally by human porterage. This lack of wheeled transport, it might be argued… 

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