- From an economic and cultural standpoint, itinerant trading as a whole was most important from the 18th century to the first half of the 20th century. Itinerant traders and small-village traders still made up a significant portion of Slovak independent traders at the beginning of the 20th century despite: various regulations that liberalized trade in the second half of the 19th century, improvements in several economic and social indicators (water, rail, and road transportation; communications; urbanization; and industrialization), the population's increased purchasing power; and increased market production. The evidence of this is that these traders made up at least two-thirds of the total number of independent businessmen working in trades and services.
Through itinerant trading, Slovakia maintained contacts not only with the surrounding countries, but also with the rest of Europe and overseas. Trading routes and centers developed according to the specific kinds of itinerant trading there. The travels of itinerant traders were disrupted by World War I, the revolution in Russia in 1917, the extinction of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic, and related changes in the constitutional law of Slovakia.
Folk traders, who were always searching for markets, originally dispersed throughout practically all European countries, thanks to Slovakia's location in the center of the continent. The boundaries of this area were formed by Norway, Finland, and Sweden in the north; by Italy and the area of the former Yugoslavia in the south; and Great Britain the west. The U.S. was among the distant countries in which linen weavers and tinkers had already appeared some time before the large waves of migration that took place in the second half of the 19th century. Individuals also visited Egypt and Palestine. Russia was also an important market, and the boundaries in this direction were the more remote parts of eastern Asia, including China.
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