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Venetian rule was the era of the wine trade; the Ottoman period was characterized by olive oil export. The massive increase in olive oil production was stimulated by demand from Europe. Because of disastrous olive harvests in France at the end of the seventeenth century, French merchants came to Crete seeking olive oil to supply the soap factories of Marseilles. During the eighteenth century the amount of oil exported from Crete increased by 50%. (Triantafyllidou-Baladie 1988:137) Olive oil became Crete’s dominant agricultural product.

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There is a wide gap between the robust views of the elite and ruling classes and the shadows that fall on the peasants and working classes, between the information on urban areas and the assumptions regarding the countryside, and between portraits of men and images of women. Filling those gaps require innovative approaches to uncover the broad 33 34 From Archaeology to a “History from Below” spectrum of peoples and their patterns of behaviors from the Ottoman past. In conjunction with the new social histories for the Ottoman Empire, material remains can aid in reconstructing change for the empire and yield insights into the choices and actions of its people.

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