Trade in the Granada of the Nasrids
How did people trade in Nasrid Granada? In order to answer this question, we must first analyse the term trade for which there are many possible definitions. The German economist, Karl Bücher described trade as a period of the urban economy or of direct exchange, which continued until the 16th Century, in which goods changed hands from producers to consumers, an exchange which took place in the market.
As can be surmised from the above, and in its widest sense, trade refers to any form of communication, of possible exchange between men. The objective of this relationship is a mutually beneficial result, at which point we can really talk about trade in a true sense. Trade implies the establishment of a value, namely the value of exchange. Trading activity is linked to the development of cities, the drawing up of a system of rules that regulates it and the establishment of urban areas in which trading transactions can take place.
In order to understand the trading activity in the Nasrid Kingdom, we must examine agricultural, livestock, forestry, fishing, mining, craft and industrial (especially silk and ceramics) production that was likely to be traded.
We will now describe various factors that facilitated trade:
The setting-up of markets and grain-stores
Mints and the production of money
Measures of capacity, length, weight and area.
Legislation and state officials related with trade
Certain features of the sales contract
We will conclude by studying the deed of sale of an urban property in Granada.