The History of Barter

If you have swapped an unneeded wallet or handbag with a friend in return for, say, an attractive sweater, you have bartered. Bartering, the exchanging of goods or services, was used long before any currency was invented. Its recorded history goes all the way back to 6000 BC introduced by the tribes of Mesopotamia and spread to the Phoenicians who bartered goods at city ports around the Mediterranean.

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