Trade in the Middle Ages
Advances in transportation in the 1100s made it possible to trade with distant neighbors. Lords found it more profitable to perfect the cultivation of one crop and trade that for everything else he needed. As trade grew, the merchants in town became very important. Trade led to alliances between towns, each town specializing in different crops and relying on each other for their supplies. The distinction between classes became less pronounced as people were trading and able to get exactly what they needed without working quite as hard. The main drawback was the increased population in towns and frequent travel between them leading to the spread of the Bubonic plague during the 14th century.
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Last updated: 04/13/2018