Wagon train

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Breaking up Camp at Sunrise, by Alfred Jacob Miller (1858–1860)

A wagon train is a convoy or group of wagons who travel together for safety. A baggage train is a military wagon train used to carry the equipment and supplies needed by an army.[1] They needed to carry enough supplies, including feed for the draft animals, for the entire journey.[2] Wagon trains are most closely associated with American pioneers traveling west. As the population of the Thirteen Colonies grew, people migrated westward looking for inexpensive lands and new opportunities.[3] The wagon had to carry all the supplies for the trip and all a family's personal belongings. While military use of wagon trains is ancient, the Romans built a network of roads for their armies and baggage trains to move throughout the empire.[4]

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  1. "baggage train". English Dictionary. Collins. Retrieved 22 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "The Military Revolution; Logistics and Transport". The Air University, United States Air Force. Archived from the original on 20 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "American Western Migration, Wagon Trains and Covered Wagons". HistoryBits. Retrieved 22 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Roads in Ancient Rome". RomeRoads. Retrieved 22 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)