Montesquieu

The rea­son why there are so many savage nations in America is that the land there spon­ta­neously pro­du­ces many edi­ble fruits. If the women till a piece of land near the cabin, corn grows right away. Hunting and fishing added to that allow men to live in abun­dance. Besides, gra­zing ani­mals such as cat­tle, buf­falo, etc., thrive bet­ter there than car­ni­vo­rous ani­mals.

I think we would not have all these advan­ta­ges in Europe if we left the land fal­low ; nothing would grow but forests, oaks, and other bar­ren trees.