The network of markets grew gradually, based on the socio-economic needs of the country, the regions, and the locations of the markets. As early as the beginning of the 18th century, 232 Slovak locations had full market rights; these included both annual and weekly markets. This right to a market was granted not only to cities, but as in neighboring countries, also to small towns and even to locations that had no other town privileges and were basically villages.(36)
According to information from the 1930s, annual markets in Slovakia took place at almost 300 urban and rural locations.(37) At that time, the markets were not necessarily generating income for local residents; these markets are included in the above-mentioned number [is this what the author meant?]. However, these markets were important for drawing traffic to surrounding areas and as a means for rural producers to exchange their goods.
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