Montesquieu

Laws have a very great rela­tion­ship to the way in which various peo­ples pro­cure their sub­sis­tence. A peo­ple atta­ched to trade and to the sea requi­res a more exten­sive code of laws than a peo­ple which is content to till its soil. The lat­ter requi­res a lar­ger one than a peo­ple that lives off its live­stock. This last one requi­res a lar­ger one than a peo­ple that lives from the hunt.