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The primitive form of a canoe consisting of a tree trunk hollowed out by burning or other means. The two ends were sometimes roughly pointed. They were propelled in the earliest days presumably by the hands of the occupant, later by paddles when these were developed during the third millennium bc. Such primitive canoes are still in use in some South Pacific Islands and the West Indies, and by some riverine inhabitants of Central and South America.

Subjects: Maritime History — Archaeology.


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