Thus far the property of the settlers at Jamestown had been held in common. The colonists had worked together, and in time of harvest deposited their products in public storehouses. Now the right of holding private property was recognized. Governor Gates had the lands divided so that each settler should have three acres of his own; every family might cultivate a garden and plant an orchard, the fruits of which no one but the owner was allowed to gather. The benefits of this system of labor were at once apparent, and the laborers became cheerful and industrious.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Posted by Warren at 8:39 PM
I’ve been reading a history book called “History of the United States” printed 1880 by John Clark Ridpath. After discussing the disastrous situation at the early Jamestown colony, he noted the following.
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