Europe was a place in need if inspiration around the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Marco Polo is one of the most well-known heroic travelers and traders around the world.
In 1214, Marco Polo was born into a wealthy Venetion family in Venice Italy (Marco Polo). He was the son of Niccolo and Nicole Polo (Hoyt). He also was an only child (Hoyt). His mother raised Marco, until she passed away sometime during his childhood and an aunt and uncle then raised him (Marco Polo). They were wealthy and he learned many important things like foreign currency and appraising (Marco Polo). His father and Uncle Maffeo returned to Venice in 1269. It was only then that fifteen year old Marco finally met Niccolo, the father he never knew he had (History.com).
Marco’s father and his uncle journeyed in China where they joined a diplomatic to the court of Kublai Khan the Mongol leader whose grandfather Genghis Khan, had conquered Northwest Asia (Marco Polo). Khan had expressed his interest in Christianity and asked the Polo brothers to visit again with 100 priests and a collection of holy water (History.com). Khans Empire, the largest the world has ever seen, was large to those living within the borders of the Holy Roman Empire (Marco Polo). The Polo brothers described it being unfathomable (Donn).
In 1271, Niccolo and Maffeo Polo set out for Asia again, but this time they brought young Marco with them (Marco Polo). Unable to recruit the 100 priests that Khan had requested, they soon turned back because of the hard journey (Lewis). The Polo’s journey took place on land, and they were forced to cut through challenging and harsh territory (Donn). Avoiding to travel the same route the Polo’s did 10 years ago, first arriving to the southern Caucasus and the Kingdom of Georgia (Hoyt). The passed through Armenia, Persia, and Afghanistan, over the Pamirs, and all along the silk roads to China (Lewis). Marco absorbed its sights and smells as they traveled (Marco Polo). Marco was forced to retreat to the mountains in order to recoup from an illness he’d contracted crossing the Gobi Desert (Marco Polo). “And at the narrowest point it takes a month to cross it. It consists entirely of mountains and sand valleys” (Marco Polo). “There is nothing at all to eat” (Marco Polo). Marco also said “This desert is reported to be so long that it would take a year to go from end to end” (Marco Polo). After four years of traveling the Polo’s reached China and Kublai Khan, who was staying at his summer palace known as Xanada (Marco Polo).
Marco a gifted linquist and master of four languages, became a favorite with the Khan and was appointed to high posts in his administration (Lewis). He served at Khans court and was sent a number of special missions in China, Burmia, and India (Marco Polo). Historians ever wonder if he actually made it to China (Marco Polo). Many places which Marco saw were not seen again by a European until last century (Marco Polo and His Travels). Marco Polo...