Discovery of the Wheel – The First Known Invention

The wheel is often considered to be the first invention of man, paving the way for all of other inventions made throughout human history. Early Egyptians make papyrus, a rudimentary early version of modern paper. Throughout history, other cultures such as the Chinese, Greeks, and Romans also develop wheels for use in making paper and weaving baskets. Without the wheel, most of these other inventions would have been impossible.


The invention of the wheel, or more accurately the axial rotation of the axle, is most commonly associated with the development of the English wheeled prawns which were eventually shipped to America aboard the Mayflower. The wheel, which is constructed from iron or bronze, rotates around an axis of two fixed points, the hub and the pinion. The axle of the wheel is made of a flanged or helical bend of material called ramen. The Chinese concept of the wheel dates back to almost 4000 years BC, where it was depicted as a wheel being used by a water nymph. The most common axles in this design are the English, American and European ones.

The wheeled vehicle concept was not entirely developed in one single day, as many different axles and different types of wheels had already been invented by the time that Columbus discovered America. However, his voyage of discovery marked the biggest step forward in the history of the world and set off the greatest explosion of technological development in the years to come. As a result, wheels became more widely available and cheaper. New technologies, such as axles, rudders, transmissions, and boosters, all developed as a result of Christopher Columbus’s discovery.