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.
  2. "The Military Revolution; Logistics and Transport". The Air University, United States Air Force. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. "American Western Migration, Wagon Trains and Covered Wagons". HistoryBits. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. "Roads in Ancient Rome". RomeRoads. Retrieved 22 July 2016.