Horses Come to the Americas

How Did Horses Come to the Americas?

Last Updated on February 28, 2022 by Allison Price

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TRUE or FALSE: The horses of the Spanish explorers were the first to set foot on North American continent.

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ANSWER: False. North America was actually the birthplace of the horse, and horses were present here until about 8,000 to 12,000 BC, when climate change, the arrival of humans, and hunting led to the death of horses.

Horses Come to the Americas

In the 16th century, Spanish explorers brought horses back to their native land. Native Americans were terrified when they first saw the mounted Spaniards. The conquistadors managed to defeat large numbers of Indians using a small number of men.

“Next to God” was the report of Francisco Coronado’s expedition to New Mexico. “We owe our victory and success to the horses,” he said.

The Indians overcame their fear eventually and obtained horses, stealing from the settlers and gathering strays. They also became skilled horsemen.

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