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Conestoga wagon

Conestoga wagon, large covered wagon used by North American pioneers. Originating about 1725 in Pennsylvania, it became the chief means of transporting settlers and freight across the Alleghenies until about 1850. It had big, broad-rimmed wheels and a canvas roof supported by wooden hoops, and was pulled by 4–6 horses.

See also: Pioneer life in America.

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