Yes, It is very hard to do all this work but we need to in order to survive. We are a very small community but we produce what is needed in order to survive
Farming every day is hard work, but I understand why we do it. If everybody in the community doesn't farm, we won't survive
A bunch of small extended-family communities joined together to form a village, a community which included about 100-200 people.
We form together to get much-needed help. More people means that it is easier to stop a flooding river or more help mining resources like iron and gold.
The more traders that come, the wealthier our city gets
Towns and Cities
Without needing to farm, I can focus on trade and bring back goods to my town.
Early communities were very small but produced what they needed to live. Everybody had to be farming in order to survive. The leader of the community was often chosen for their wisdom and leadership
In order to continue into our kingdom, you must pay a tax based on what you are carrying.
What will you use the money for?
Villages were formed in order to get needed help and protection. Some villages put walls around their area to help defend against armies or raiders. With more people, more people had the chance to go into different crafts like weaving or become a merchant. This process is called specialization.
Villages based near river became trading sites because traders would come to them by boat. The increase in trade caused some villages to become wealthy. These villages then expanded and held thousands of people. Specialization was part of the reason people traded. Some towns were known for certain goods like salt or gold.
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As merchants passed and left the kingdom. The king would collect money from them. The tax that they had to pay varied on what they carried and how much they had.
Our king will buy an army and conquer other territories to expand our kingdom
A town that has been captured paid tribute to the king. Tribute is a form of payment that indicates that the city accepts its new ruler. Tribute came in the form of crops, livestock, labor, or just money.
You have been captured, pay tribute to us and we will let you live under our protection.