The strengthening of crafts in Budapest (15th-16th c.)
Attached to the royal seat, crafts were able to flourish in the city. The
treasury made its purchases and the needs of the army were also partly met in
Buda. This was where aristocrats and high priests had their houses and went
shopping. Thus the great majority of craftsmen lived in Buda. A large number of
German settlers were active in commerce and trade, and there were Armenian,
Greek and even Arab merchants in the city. About half of the urban inhabitants
may have been Hungarians.