What do you think is the reason for the fact that there were many non-Muslims among the traders in the Ottoman Empire? How did this affect the trade in the empire?
I suppose that this is due to the fact that the Turkish rulers themselves maintained trade relations with the East and West. Got good profit on the trade of Armenian Greek and other merchants, collecting customs duties from them. And market, by the way, too. These were the main incomes of the Sultan’s treasury.
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