What was *platъ and how Did it Work? Reconstructing a Piece of Slavic Cloth Currency

Jan Kratochvíl 1,
Jakub Koláček 2
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There is rare but clear evidence that at least some early medieval Slavic communities used pieces of textile during the exchange of goods. The written sources (transcription of the notes of Ibrahim Ibn Yaʻqūb and a short notice made by Helmold of Bosau nearly two hundred years later) entitle us to believe that it was some kind of currency and not a local predominant commodity.

Dejima (JP)

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Dejima is an artificial island constructed by Nagasaki merchants until 1636 under Japan's feudal government (Tokugawa government) to continue the trade with the West while banning Christianity.

The area of Dejima, a fan-shaped island, is about fifteen thousand (15,000) square meters. In 1641, the Dutch moved in from Hirado to Dejima. Exchange between Nagasaki and the Dutch flourished after that, including trade, diplomatic relations, culture and study...


1. Buying and selling, the exchange of goods between people or peoples.
2. a craft

In the Late Middle Ages in the Netherlands, were there already shops where clothing, furniture and food was for sale (NL)?

At crossings of trade roads (over land and water) often, places were set up for (year)markets. These places were often occupied only a part of the year, but the most important ones grew out to permanent settlements and eventually complete towns...