Ottoman Merchant

    Life during the Islamic Golden Age. The importance of trade to the economic survival of the Ottoman Merchant.

Armenian Merchant, Hausa Fulani

The ottoman empire spanned from 1299 to 1923. The Merchant trade throughout the history of this empire fluctuated for many reasons. During the 16th and 17th centuries the road infrastructure was actually better than it was in the 18th and early 19th centuries. In the early years of the empire, domestic trade thrived until trade routes with other countries began opening up and providing more opportunities for the ottomans.


The city of Constantinople was a thriving trade hub for many years before being conquered by Mehmet the conqueror where it was renamed Istanbul, and then declared to be the capital of the ottoman empire. 19th century armenian merchants were very sophisticated in keeping journals, creating complex trade networks and establishing bonds with other domestic as well as international merchants.  


   Istanbul was an important growing business center within the ottoman empire and was the home of many wealthy Armenians that prospered greatly from trade. As a trade merchant i have enjoyed many years of prosperity by concentrating my time and effort in trading my merchandise with both domestic and international trade partners. I had envisioned many years of this prosperity for my family; however, i am now worried about my future because of the strength of the neighboring dynasties that could infringe upon my livelihood by either taking over the ottoman empire through military force or by casting their military agenda to my trade partners.

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