The Chinese invented the whippletree, this allowed two oxen to pull a single cart together, this meant double the load, so halving the transportation time. This invention probably dates between 190 – 209 AD.
So why is it significant?
- Doubling up the animals meant the work was done more efficiently
- Freeing up time meant there was more time to do other things, so more land could be farmed
- It meant a double plough could be used speeding up the sowing of crops and putting more land under the plough
- More land under the plough meant more food
- The whippletree allowed larger carts to be drawn so more goods could be carried to market, therefore more could be sold
- The whippletree was further developed so that four animals could be harnessed and controlled, this was adopted when the stagecoach was developed
- Larger carts could carry people as well as goods and that idea led to covered carriages……
- As the road surface improved so did the speed of conveying people and goods, more horses were harnessed and faster and faster travel was expected and required
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