National Geographic : 1907 Nov
QUEER METHODS OF TRAVEL 693 Photo and Copyright by Underwood & Underwood, New York Crossing a River in India on a Raft of Inflated Bullock Skins Korea, Japan, and returning via North eastern Siberia and our own Alaska. At our very first stop in Mexico we encounter the "burro," the Spanish term for the animal which we usually know as the "donkev." The statistical records in dicate the existence of about Io million of these diminutive and patient burden bearing animals scattered over the world, chiefly in Spanish America, Northern Africa, Arabia, and the Holy Land. Originally domesticated in the Holy Land and Egypt, he was carried to Northern Spain by the Mohammedans, and thence to America by the Spanish explorers and colonizers. While much used in Spanish-American countries, he is less prized and less cared for than in his original home of Western Asia and Northern Africa, where he is the constant companion of man, return ing a reasonable care with faithful serv ice and evident affection for his master. They are used not only on the moun tain roads, where they are more sure footed than the horse, but also in the towns and cities; the horse in these more populous centers being reserved for the transportation of people. For transportation over the country roads or in the mountains they are as sembled in considerable numbers and march singly, following their leader in a long file known as the "pack train."