How were people benefitted with the trade in forest products?
- Many communities left their traditional occupations and started trading in forest products.
- This happened not only in India but across the world. For example, with the growing demand for rubber in the mid-19th century, the Mundurucu people of Brazilian Amazon who lived in villages on high ground, began to collect latex from wild rubber trees for supplying to traders.
- Gradually, they descended to live in trading ports and became completely dependent on traders.