The early pioneers – animated, boy

I saw this on TV in the UK in the late 80’s. Was an animated colour film, good quality I think, looked a bit like mysterious cities of gold. Was about a young boy who went with adults on a long journey. Maybe in a desert, and maybe on a wooden ship. I remember him looking after an animal, maybe a goat, or similar. There was a song with lyrics about “the early pioneers”. Anyone know what it is?

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