Lives were short, but that was mainly parasites and disease.
On average, primitive people worked about 20 hours a week.
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Just wiki, but i've read a lot on the subject over the years.
People in resource rich areas work less, those in less rich ateas more, but the whole "nasty, brutish and short" was salve for colonialists consciences. Not objective 7ruth.