Agriculture 1550 up to 1600

Bell of the manor Rattey, to structure the work day Bell of the manor Rattey, to structure the work day

region Mecklenburg

Alongside deserted areas, the gentry started to “turn” the land cultivated by tributary farmers into farmland, in whole or in part, and also to increase the manual and compulsory peasant labour for its farms. There was a legal fixing of the farmers as colonies – dependent rural subjects. The farmers’ social situation increasingly worsened until they fell into serfdom.

Barth Stich von Merian 1652 Farm near Barth, 1590

region Western Pomerania

The dukes of Pomerania conclude a 'heritage settlement' with the landed gentry in 1569, which includes a 'farming ordinance' that regulates country life.

Alongside deserted areas, the gentry started to “turn” the land cultivated by tributary farmers into farmland, in whole or in part, and also to increase the manual and compulsory peasant labour for its farms. There was a legal fixing of the farmers as colonies – dependent rural subjects. The farmers’ social situation increasingly worsened until they fell into serfdom.