The beekeeping and beeswax industry in rural Galicia (1750-1950)

Authors

  • Damián Copena Rodríguez Grupo de Investigación en Economía Ecolóxica e Agroecoloxía. Universidad de Vigo

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v27i74.19203

Keywords:

beeswax industry, rural industry, beeswax, Galicia

Abstract

This paper aims to contribute to our knowledge of the beeswax industry through the historical study of this economic activity in the territory of Galicia during a historical period that covers from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The article notes the relevance of the Galician beekeeping and beeswax industry in certain rural areas of Galicia. We have been able to characterize the different stages of this trade linked with bees, and the main specific heritage elements associated with the beeswax industry, wax presses and threshing floors. The paper allows us to conclude that the beeswax industry was a very important activity in places like Forcarei and Covelo, where it is still possible to find specific heritage related to the pressing and bleaching of beeswax.

Published

2018-11-13

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