"an old fashioned carreta"
Carreta
Public DomainCarreta - Credit: Frederick Starr

A carreta is a wooden ox-cart commonly found in rural parts of Mexico.

Contrary to popular belief, the concept of the wheel was known to the peoples of Mesoamerica before the arrival of the Spanish, even if its use was never developed in the same way as in Eurasia and northern Africa.

Many theories have been put forward as to why – the most convincing being the lack of draft animals and the unsuitability of Pre-Columbian roads for wheeled transport.

 

You can read more on this subject and view photographs of Pre-Columbian wheeled-figurines here.