- "Trading Abroad"
The intensity and character of Slovakia's relations with nearby and remote countries depended on the specific types of itinerant trading that connected them and the extent to which the trading had been developed. Linen weaving was one type of itinerant trading through which Slovakia and the southern counties of the former Kingdom of Hungary maintained contacts and exchanged goods.
In Orava, which is located in the northern, mountainous part of the country, and which is one of the most important linen-weaving areas, linen production and trade developed over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, at the end of which they peaked [Did I get this right?]. Linen weavers apportioned the areas in which they sold linen, first amongst themselves and by family, then in the 19th century, by linen-weaving village [Did I understand this correctly?].
For example, linen from the village of Slanica < http://www.e-targ.org/Village%20Info/Slanica%20SK.html > went to Croatia, Slavonia < http://www.grbic.hr/images/mapa_slavonija.gif >, and Dalmatia, as well as the counties of Baranya and Tolna < http://www.world-geographics.com/maps/europe/map-of-counties-in-hungary/ >, and counties in Transdanubia, but seldom to Palestine or Egypt. Traders from the village of U'stie nad Priehradou < http://www.cisarik.com/0_Ustie_nad_Priehradou_Tvrdosin_ZI_Arva_Orava.html > used to go to Sopron, the counties of Vas and Zala, and Croatia,
while linen from the village of Bobrov < http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&expIds=17259,25907,27642,27744,27775,27797,27868&sugexp=leprodeca4&xhr=t&q=Slovakia+bobrov&cp=15&wrapid=tljp1291325986269020&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Bobrov,+Slovakia&gl=us&ei=LBL4TLizLc6v8QOp34z5Cg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBMQ8gEwAA > went to Bulgaria, Moldova, Crimea, Transylvania, to the counties of Baranya and Ba'cs-Kiskun, and to the Bana't < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Banat_location.svg >. Together with other linen-weaving villages, Bobrov supplied the entire former Kingdom of Hungary.
Slovak contacts with other countries were also established by selling both home-made and factory-made linen. At the beginning of the 19th century, the linen weavers/traders of Upper Orava bought linen in bulk from Polish villages near the border. They also purchased textiles from factories in Moravia, Bohemia, Austria, and Germany, because the household method of production was insufficient to compete with industrial production[?].
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