With the growth of the capitalist market, outside demands began to involve peasant production as well as distribution. The spread of these demands on the Anaunia was slow; for a long time the area remained marginal to the economic processes of the lowlands, and production on peasant estates was carried on by marshaling local resources to ensure subsistence. Only recently have new alternatives arisen, allowing individuals to take up new options outside the villages. This chapter considers the ways in which local resources are used to answer subsistence needs, to sustain domestic groups on estates carved from the sides of the mountains, and discusses the ecology of mountain agriculture; the annual cycle; the organization of village resources; the limits of expansion; and the facts of life.
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