Marco Polo

Marco Polo
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  • The Two years after meeting, Marco Polo, his father,  Niccolo, and his uncle, Maffeo, sailed to Acre in present-day Israel. 
  • Maffeo Polo
  • At the request of Kublai Khan, they secured some holy oil from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Then they backtracked to Acre to pick up gifts, documents, and two friars from Pope Gregory X.
  • Niccolo Polo
  • Marco Polo
  • For three years, they slowly traveled through deserts, mountains and other rough terrain. Through this journey, the Polos met people of various religions and cultures. Finally, around 1275, they arrived at Kublai Khan's summer palace at Shangdu, or Xanadu.
  • The friars quickly abandoned the expedition, but the Polos continued on, to the expedition, heading to the Persian port city of Hormuz.
  • However, due to failing to find any boats to their liking, the instead took a series of overland traders' routes that would be later called The Silk Road.
  • The Polos arrived home in 1295 and shortly after, Marco Polo was captured in battle that was happening in Venice. 
  • While in prison, Marco Polo met the Arthurian adventure writer Rustichello of Pisa, which whom he will collaborate on a 1298 manuscript  "Description of the World", or better known as “The Travels of Marco Polo” or simply “The Travels.”  With the notes he had taken during the expedition, Marco Polo described. Kublai Khan and his palaces, along with many things, such as paper money or coal and other innovations that had not yet appeared in Europe.
  • In 1299, a peace treaty was signed, allowing Marco Polo to return home. He continued to trade and  litigate against a cousin. In January 1324, Marco Polo passes away, but the expedition him made, along with manuscript, inspire a later generation of explorers.
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