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The History of the Chauffeur – It’s a Horse and Cart Business!

The term ‘chauffeur’ has been around since 1896 and it originated from the French word for ‘stoker’. Stokers were employed to stoke (feed coal to) the engines of the first vehicles that used steam powered engines such as locomotives or steamships. They used coal to heat a boiler which would then create enough steam to move the working parts in the engine, and then the wheels would turn to start a steam powered vehicle on its journey. Stokers, in essence, powered the vehicle so the journey could go ahead.  Although today’s chauffeurs do not literally power their vehicles they still get people from A to B like stokers once did.

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