Smith - In the American colonies an artificer who has...

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The great commerce is that between town and country, which is obviously advantageous to both. The cultivation of the country must be prior to the increase of the town, though the town may sometimes be distant from the country from which it derives its subsistence. This order of things is favoured by the natural preference of man for agriculture. Cultivators require the assistance of artificers, who settle together and form a village, and their  employment augments with the improvement of the country.
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Unformatted text preview: In the American colonies an artificer who has acquired sufficient stock becomes a planter instead of manufacturing for distant sale, as in countries where no uncultivated land can be procured. Manufactures are naturally preferred to foreign commerce. So the natural course of things is first agriculture, then manufactures, and finally foreign commerce. But this order has been in many respects inverted....
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