So GUESS What was the first native word the Spanish learned when they arrived in the Americas?
The answer: It was canoe! What they heard was the Arawak Indian word canaoua
. This became the Spanish word canoa
, which in English eventually became canoe. It is of course the general term all over the world for a dug-out boat - seen for the first time by Spaniards in the Caribbean.
Find out if the Aztecs used wheeled vehicles...