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The main occupation in England during the 1700's was farming but most farmers did not own their land - they were poor peaants who paid rent to land owners. Villages were connected by  series of dirt roads that became impassible during the wet season. As a result, transportation was slow and trade beyond the village not easy. Most farmers never visited any place further than 25 miles from their birthplace, ever.
 
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