Carts, Alta Gracia, Argentina

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Two-wheeled carts are not common in the United States, excepting on race tracks. But in Argentina they are the vehicle most used. The picture shows a car for hauling loads, and a pleasure gig. They are not easy to get into, and are not very comfortable for the rider or the horse. Nor will they carry large loads. Such carts are used in Spain and in Portugal. The people of Argentina are from these two countries, and the high two-wheelers came with them. Custom has fixed their use. There is no real reason, except in the mountains, why the four-wheeled buggies and wagons we know should not be used in South America. Perhaps in time they will, but customs are slow to break down. To be sure one sees automobiles in most parts of Argentina and its sister countries. The United States alone shipped almost 1,000 automobiles to Argentina in 1914. But the usual vehicles one sees throughout the country are the carts such as are pictured. Most of the people in the country travel on horseback. Everybody in the cattle country rides horseback. Many of the men spend most of the hours of every day in the saddle. The women are also expert riders. In many parts of Argentina ox carts are common. They are great-wheeled affairs that can be heard rumbling and creaking a long way off. Observe the house, the fence, and the trees. How do they differ from those in your neighborhood? Make a list of the vehicles used on your streets and roads. What are the two greatest carriers of people and of freight? Why do the people of Argentina not make their own automobiles? How about their supply of iron? Of coal? Could they get rubber easily? Keystone ID: 20850 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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