Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 years ago

Is it true that Africans had not invented the wheel before the European colonialists introduced it?

Obviously i am not talking about North African countries like Egypt, but rather west/east and sub-sharahan Africa.

Update:

How and when were Ethiopians more advanced than Europeans?

Update 2:

Was the wheel used only for transportation in Europe?

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago
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    No. The wheel was known throughout Africa, the point is that in Sub Saharan Africa the Camel or Pack Animal was a more practical form of transport where roads did not exist. Until the Colonials arrived they didn't have much use for it. People like Milton Friedman who make these kind of glib assessments like to perpetuate the myths about how backward Africans are, forgetting that countries like Ethiopia were more advanced than many Europeans a long time ago and were in contact with societies that used the wheel for centuries.

    Maybe you should acquaint yourself with the history of the Aksumite Kingdom.

  • 2 years ago

    The wheel is useful in certain sorts of terrain, and less useful in others. It's worth noting that the great Inca, Aztec and Mayan empires also had never invented the wheel, primarily because of a lack of indigenous animals of burden and because of the indigenous environment of thick jungle, high rainfall and steep hillsides.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    No, but oddly enough the American nations did not have the wheel until the Spanish arrived.

  • 2 years ago

    The Aztecs had the wheel, but only used it on children's toys.

    They had no large animals to pull carts.

    How much of Africa is blessed with both terrain and such animals?

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  • 2 years ago

    Apparently true, but people invent things because there is a need. Ethiopians possessed writing and lived in cities, but the landscape was so rugged they probably couldn't use wheeled vehicles. The empires of Ghana and Mali and Songhai probably could have used wheeled vehicles for local traffic, but most of their trade was with Egypt, and the Sahara swallows horses whole. There's also a rainy season on the coast of West Africa that probably made for a lot of mud several months a year.

  • 2 years ago

    nothing of any use has ever come out of aboriginal africa....

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Maybe the evidence has not been found yet, that is the problem with pre-history, it largely relies on archaeological finds.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    The wheels on the bus 🚌 go round and round.

    European used the wheels for carts, milling, mechanical gear leverage and irrigation.

  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    depends on who documents history doesn't it? could be, the Africans did, but since it meant so much to the white man to say he did it, the Africans said okay, fine.

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