Online Encyclopedia

PIROGUE, or PIRAGUA (the French and S...

Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 642 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: del.icio.us del.icio.us it!
PIROGUE, or PIRAGUA (the French and Spanish forms respectively of a Caribbean word for this type of vessel; it has at various times taken many corrupt forms, e.g. periagua, pettiaugua, pettyoagar), originally the native name of a vessel made by hollowing out the trunk of a tree, a " dug-out "; hence applied to many different developments of this type of vessel used in the West Indies and along the American coast. An early improvement was to split the " dug-out " into two sections and insert a flat bottom of planking to widen it; another form had a leeboard, was decked in at either end, and had two masts.
End of Article: PIROGUE, or PIRAGUA (the French and Spanish forms respectively of a Caribbean word for this type of vessel; it has at various times taken many corrupt forms, e.g. periagua, pettiaugua, pettyoagar)
[back]
PIRNA
[next]
ALEXIS PIRON (1689-1773)

Additional information and Comments

There are no comments yet for this article.
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.