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Marco Polo
(1254-1324)


    Marco Polo was the discoverer of new sea routes for sailing to East Asia and China, making the job of the future travelers easy. He made adventurous voyages to South-East Asia. His efforts made Europe and Asia familiar with the culture and social customs of each other, thus ushering a new era between them.

    Marco Polo was born in 1254 in ltaly. His father Niccolo Polo was a great adventurer and traveler. Thus Marco Polo inherited an adventurous bent of mind from his father. He voyaged along with his father and brother and journeyed to Turkey, Russia, Mongolia and China. The trios were the first Europeans to reach China. They were accorded a warm reception by the people of China and they returned to their native place Venice with their earnings in 1269.

    Marco Polo estimated his luck and courage after returning from China. He was inspired by his first voyage. He was not the kind of man who is used of sitting at home. He was a man of courage and perseverance.

    In 1271, again, the Polo brothers sailed for China. They had a glimpse of Palestine, America, Iraq, Iran and Tibet on their way. After three years of voyage, when they arrived in China, the Emperor of China, Kublai Khan was extremely pleased to see them. He received them eagerly and respectfully. Marco Polo stayed back in China to enjoy his hospitality. He was impressed by the culture of China.


    Marco Polo joined the venetion fleet when a war broke out between Venice and Genoa. The Genoese were victorious and Marco Polo was taken prisoner. He returned to Venice in 1295. Thus Marco Polo’s wanderings came to halt. Marco Polo inspired others with desire to travel and explore by greatly improving maps and charts. Marco Polo played an important role in the sphere of discovery and geography. He died in 1324.






















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