stephanie are you doing this on purpose?
My dear Banjoaah, the owners of the land had to sell the produce for any sort of power base to be established. If others, who also own land, grew the same thing at the same time, then the markets were flooded and the profit from the produce became less than the cost to produce it. Of course, they could take on tenant farmers, indentured servants or some other scheme so that this lot shouldered some of the loss. Besides most of the land originally belonged to the king who would then dole out chunks of it to those who had been of service to him or to his relatives or both. The land thus distributed often came with a title; duke, baron, earl, etc. This title came with a certain amount of power over those who received the land but was contingent upon allegiance to the king who also got a share of the produce or money (when we got around to inventing it) as the case may be. Unfortunately, the poor souls who already lived on the land got passed along in the deal. Their were few hunter gatherers and those who hunted the king’s deer or gathered m’lords produce were caught and hung without much ceremony.
I live in an area where farmers farm one to two and sometimes more thousand acres. They don’t wield much in the way of power but do buys condos on the coast, however, so do a lot of other people. There are still hunter gatherers around but they live in ratty old trailers on government abandoned land where there is no electricity, no water except from a nearby canal and they forage in the farmers fields for produce. Our tax dollars pay for their other needs and, worse luck, we are no longer allowed to hang them.
Well said Norman!