Why the Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership for Private 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.

Source: Why the Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership for Private Property

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