HFM 015 | The U.S. Camel Corps of 1856: A Failed Attempt to Bring Caravans to America

May 22, 2013

Podcast

In this episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the US Army’s experiment of using camels as the military’s main pack animal in the American Southwest. The new land that was conquered after the Mexican-American war required a sturdier animal than donkeys and horses, something that could withstand the heat of Death Valley. Would the project work?

 

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Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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