What Kind of Transportation Did the Iroquois Use?

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The Iroquois tribes of Native Americans primarily traveled by land on foot or animals, but also used dugout canoes for waterway trips. The early Iroquois used dogs as pack animals, with horses replacing them after the arrival of European colonists.

The Iroquois tribes, originally called Kanonsionni among themselves, inhabited what is now New York state. Canoes as long as 30 feet carried up to 18 people and their supplies on long fishing journeys in the Atlantic Ocean as well as in local rivers, streams and lakes. When snow fell in the winter months, the Iroquois used sleds and snowshoes to traverse the rugged terrain.