Friday, May 3, 2013

Fact of the Day: No Horses in the New World

Christopher Columbus introduced horses to the Americas from Europe which were non-existent before European contact. Horses ironically evolved either in or near North America (around present day Alaska and Canada), but all remaining sub-species that didn't migrate had died out thousands of years before Columbus landed in the Americas. 

23 comments:

The Offender said...

Never have been on a horse. Thinking I am a bit to heavy for it now.

Pilar Domínguez said...

That was one of the reasons because of the people of the new world thought Spanish come from a different world.Kisses:)

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Beautiful creatures. Interesting to note how they came to the USA.

Blue Grumpster said...

That is ironic.

DWei said...

I bet we ate them all.

Kay said...

I wonder how the Asian countries got them. Did they come from Mongolia?

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

One of the most beautiful animals.

Unknown said...

At least they had more luck than the dinosaurs

Holy Ghost Writer said...

I knew there wasn't any better never knew there was before

Christine said...

wow I had no idea.

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Pat said...

That's interesting! We like to go to Assateague Island in Virginia where legend has it that a Spanish Galleon Ship carrying horses capsized at sea and the horses swam to the island. They have lived there ever since.

Anna-Alina said...

I love horses! Beautiful animals!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Hard to imagine the US without horses! They just seem to go hand in hand.

Unknown said...

Interesante dato!!
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Sharon said...

I love horses!!

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew they were here and then gone, new they came over though

Anna and Klaudia said...

I haven't heard before :)

MEcoy said...

wow that's a pretty new trivia to me

The Happy Whisk said...

I giggled a little at this comment.

DEZMOND said...

we gave them horses, they gave us tones of veggies and new plants!

Gloria Baker said...

I love horses they are just beautiful.
And here when arrive the spanish was something nobody have seen a horse before but soon the indians used the horses!

Teddi said...

seriously? you mean he did something good?