The feudal totem pole doesn't have individual land owners. All land is owned by lords. Lords own large piece of land, farmed by serfs. Serfs don't own the land they're farming. Indistinguishable from oligarchy.
In America in 1776, there existed a class of people that individually owned land, such as Washington and Jefferson. They broke out of the feudal nutshell. The Founding Farmers.
One of the chief reasons people left Europe for America was that in Europe, every square inch of land is owned by someone. America had land up for grabs. Europe continuously fights wars over land whereas an American farmer can farm in peace.
America is the land of the frontier. We need a good old fashioned land rush. Take the 1000 km^2 of land that Lord Gates owns and stage a glorious land rush.
Serf = Slave.
America broke free from European serfdom and created a land of individual land-owning farmers. The farmers had the power.