quinta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2011


Fairs in the organization was different. First, unlike market, it was not weekly, in most cases was annual or semester, but its impact could be regional or even international. To the fairs picked up traffic areas, trade routes natural, both by land and by sea or rivers. The reason for the choice of location was not accidental, because the clientele of these fairs was mostly traders and merchants who intended to buy at wholesale
hides, leather or spices, although it was not ruled out someone trying to buy at retail since the products were only rare found at fairs.

These events had the support of the Church, which would protect the
merchants with spiritual sanctions, forbidding the Crusaders assaulted them, for example. She also determined the frequency of them, many
sometimes related to a holy day: Thursday comes from hurt, feast day, and
in German the same word for fair also refers to the Mass. But it also has the support of rulers who provided protection for it occurred in their areas, the "peace fair", a kind of safe conduct. Besides ensuring that violations and penalties committed outside the area of the fair could not be levied on it, which could inhibit some merchants to participate.

The fairs were also large meetings of merchants, where they planned
businesses, craftsmen and pilgrims gathered, although most of the sale
occurred at wholesale. Negotiations future fairs could involve: a merchant would pay for a product he bought in a month or make a fair deal and propose payment in the next event.


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