from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rudely built cart having a long bottom-frame provided with large rings for ropes that hold the load in place: used in the southwestern United States and Mexico.


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  • Their mode of transport is the pack-mule, and the "carreta" drawn by mules or oxen.

    The White Chief A Legend of Northern Mexico

  • 'carreta' means a Spanish dray-cart, and that 'carita,' 'my dear,' was probably meant.

    George Borrow and His Circle Wherein May Be Found Many Hitherto Unpublished Letters Of Borrow And His Friends

  • A rude hammock was improvised and slung beneath the canvas cover of the carreta, and, placed within it, Loving was made as comfortable as possible.

    The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier

  • After a nine days 'forced march, made chiefly by night, the Mexicans brought their crazy old carreta safely into the post.

    The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier

  • The steps of the carreta were so low that we could climb in or out without stopping the oxen.

    History of California

  • After a happy day in the woods came "the late return at twilight, when the younger children were all asleep in the slow carreta and the Indians were singing hymns as they drove the linen-laden horses down the dusky ravines."

    History of California

  • He did not wish to enter the settlement without one, and when the matter was explained to Mrs. Bandini, who was journeying in a carreta with her maids and children, she offered to supply the need.

    History of California

  • All who could, traveled on horseback; while the mother of the family, the children, and old people used the clumsy carreta with its squeaking wheels.

    History of California

  • Sometimes we heard the howl of coyotes and the noise of other wild animals, and then none of the children were allowed to leave the carreta.

    History of California

  • The great piles of soiled linen were fastened on the backs of horses led by other servants, while the girls and women who were to do the washing trooped along by the side of the carreta.

    History of California


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