XIV.6 On the cultivation of the land in warm climates

Cultivation of the land is men’s grea­test labor. The more the cli­mate incli­nes them to flee this labor, the more reli­gion and the laws must prompt them to it. Thus the laws of the Indies that give the lands to the prin­ces and sup­press the spi­rit of pro­perty in pri­vate citi­zens increase the noxious effects of the cli­mate, which is to say natu­ral indo­lence.