Comment: 1620. Plymouth Colony, USA

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1620. Plymouth Colony, USA

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http://onlineathens.com/stories/112508/opi_359308235.shtml

excerpt:
The communal nature of the new Plymouth colony required all of the crops produced, game harvested, fish caught and products made by one to be shared with all. This led to laziness, lack of initiative and starvation. Half the colonists did not survive the winter of 1620-21, and starvation continued through the winter of 1622-23. William Bradford, governor of the fledgling colony, recognized it was this communal structure that took away the incentive of people to produce, and made the decision in the spring of 1623 that ultimately saved the colony.

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