Come Along on the Red River Cart
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History of the Red River Cart
- The first Red River Cart was made in 1801 at Fort Pembina.
- Red River Carts could carry up to 1,000 pounds.
- The cart was made of wood.
- When the carts were broke along the trails, they were easily fixed.
- The cart had tall wheels so it was easy to go through mud and it didn't tip over.
- The carts were pulled by horses or oxen.
- Fur traders used it to carry their trading material.
Importance and how they impacted ND.
The red river cart was an early way of transportation in North Dakota. It carried heavy loads and it opened us up for new ways of transporting goods and services. People could now make better trades by carrying bigger items and traveling longer distances for what they want. It was also a new way to get to North Dakota, so without it there wouldn't have been as many people that came.
Métis Pride - The Red River Cart