In the Chesapeake, slaves often worked on small or medium sized family farms. Furthermore, tobacco production was not particularly difficult, fast-paced or intense, so slaves were rarely worked to exhaustion. Because of this, slaves were generally responsible for working 1.5-2 acres of land. In contrast, most slaves in the Lowcountry worked on large plantations. Rice production was often grueling and fast-paced labor, so slaves were typically only responsible for 1/4 an acre of land.