Why Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership for Pvt. Property

Why Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership for Pvt. Property

In the diary of Plymouth Colony's first governor, William Bradford, we can read about the settlers' initial arrangement: Land was held in common. Crops were brought to a common storehouse and distributed equally. For two years, every person had to work for everybody else (the community), not for themselves as individuals or families.

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