A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

by William J. Bernstein
Start Free Trial

According to A Splendid Exchange by William Bernstein, why was the camel saddle important?    

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The camel saddle was important because it allowed the camels to carry heavy loads that they could not otherwise carry.

Bernstein tells us that a camel driver cannot simply put much of a load directly on to the camel's back.  The camel's hump cannot support much weight.  That, combined with...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

The camel saddle was important because it allowed the camels to carry heavy loads that they could not otherwise carry.

Bernstein tells us that a camel driver cannot simply put much of a load directly on to the camel's back.  The camel's hump cannot support much weight.  That, combined with the way the camel sways as it walks, means that a saddle is needed in order to load much weight on the camel.  Once the camel saddle was in use, camels could transform trade by carrying relatively large loads fairly quickly over long distances.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team