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How did horses change the lives of the Plains Indians?

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bboihaoh | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM via web

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How did horses change the lives of the Plains Indians?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Horses changed the lives of the Plains Indians in many ways.  Two of the most important have to do with transport and economics.  The coming of horses allowed the Indians to transport larger amounts of goods.  The horses could pull much larger loads on travois than dogs or people could.  The horses also changed the Indians' economies.  Many of them bred horses as an economic activity.  The horses also made it much easier to hunt bison.  In these ways, horses improved the material culture of the Plains Indians in a number of ways.

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