Since ancient times, Anatolia has been an important place of commercial significance in terms of its geographical location and attracting the attention of merchant nations. Its significance was felt in every period because of the reasons such as being located at the East-West trade crossroads, and the fact that the Royal Road started from here and extended to the Persian country. After the Turks settled in Anatolia and domiciled there, they conquered important places and opened them to national and international commercials, besides that during the period of Anatolian Seljuks, especially in the period of Alaaddin Keykubad, merchants were guaranteed by insuring their merchandise. After the conquest of Sinop on the coast of Black Sea by the Anatolian Seljuks in 1214, the city gained great importance in commercial terms after merchants from different parts of Anatolia were brought there. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the cities such as Sinop, Samsun and Trabzon which are located on the coast of Black Sea showed great developments in terms of trade. In particular, the Genoese have improved their trade further by opening consulates in some places over the Black Sea. After the conquest of Antalya and Alanya on the Mediterranean by the Anatolian Seljuks, these ports made great progress in commercial terms. Venetian and Genoese traders have gained huge profits by transporting commercial goods of the north to the southern countries and southern commercial goods to northern countries by ships. Kayseri in Central Anatolia was a city that played an active role in international trade in the 13th and 14th centuries. There was a ''Foreign Market '' (Yabanlu Pazarı) and it was an international market and traders came here from many countries of the world. Additionally, Sivas city was the center of slave trade in this period.
Antalya, Kayseri, Sivas, Sinop, Samsun