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Mayflower, Day by Day - Tuesday, 16 November 1621

16 Nov 2021 4:09 AM | Soule (Administrator)

Division of Property (part one)

Liquidation of the joint-stock company in 1627 did not alter existing economic patterns at Plymouth; this change came four years earlier. Until 1623 the Pilgrims had attempted to live in a communal relationship of economic equality; individuals worked not for themselves but for the company and all assets were divided equally. But in 1623 the planters asked Bradford to permit men to work for themselves and pay a tax to the plantation. After consultation with Brewster and others the Governor agreed and assigned each family a plot of land for present use; the extent depended upon the size of the family. All assets, however, continued to be held in common and land could not be conveyed by inheritance

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