Working on the Mountain

Transporte Fluvial de la MaderaThe mountain has traditionally been a natural resource for the inhabitants of these ranges and it still is today, despite not being as important as it was. Many activities of daily life were related to the forests and the mountains, such as pasturage, mushroom picking and hunting, which completed the domestic economy.

In many cases, these activities constituted the only source of income for many families that completed this activity with the fruits of the family vegetable garden and the few animals that could be kept near the house.

The majority of the trades related to the forest remained unchanged from the Middle Ages up until the introduction of machinery in the middle of the 1950s. For this reason, the contemporary description of some activities is identical to that which was carried out by those commissioned by the Maritime Province in the 18th Century.



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