break in the land Would you explain '' break in the land'' in this context? The first kauri gum to be exported from New Zealand was part of a cargo taken back to Australia and England by two early expeditions in 1814 and 1815. By the 1860s, kauri gum’s reputation was well established in the overseas markets and European immigrants were joining the Maoris in collecting gum on the hills of northern New Zealand. For fifty years from about 1870 to 1920, the kauri gum industry was a major source of income for settlers in northern New Zealand. As these would-be farmers struggled to break in the land, many turned to gum-digging to earn enough money to support their families and pay for improvements to their farms until better times arrived. Thank you
Oct 24, 2019 8:24 PM
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Break in the land means to literally break the surface of the ground. Perhaps it was compacted earth that was very hard to dig therefore difficult to grow crops.
October 25, 2019
Thank you, Chris
October 24, 2019
break in - phrasal verb - https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/break-in_2?q=break+in break somebody/something in ​to train somebody/something in something new that they must do to break in new recruits The young horse was not yet broken in (= trained to carry a rider). Similarly, the would-be farmers prepared the land for farming.
October 24, 2019
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