But in many cases the natives had an interest in the crops on something like a metayer system.
The metayer system was in vogue, especially on temple lands.
This arrangement probably answers two purposes, economy is effected, and fraud prevented on the part of the metayer.
By dint of uncompromising economy, the metayer may ultimately become a small owner.
The island is thickly populated, the negro peasantry occupying small lots and working on the metayer system.