Where Did the Merry-Go-Round Come From and How Did the Carousel Get its Name?

When medieval noblemen were looking for a sport to replace their brutal jousting tournaments, they turned to a training exercise of catching rings from horseback, known in Spanish as carossela, meaning “little war.”

The word “carossela” gave us carousel.

In time, live horses were replaced with hanging revolving seats, which in turn gave way to painted wooden horses, and from this evolved the merry-go-round.