How did travel and trade affect the feudal system?

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There wasn't much travel or trade in this time. Travel was very hard for any distance. People could only travel by foot, horse, boat or wagon. To go any distance took a long time. For instance to travel 30 miles by horse took 3 days one way and it was very dangerous. The trade routes were mainly along the coastlines where boats followed the coast. Travel overland was almost impossible. The Silk Road wasn't used since it took at least a year or two to get there and back, and the traders had to fight weather and bandits. There was no profit in it. So, things were very limited in the two areas of travel and trade. more
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