I was most impressed by the great Kublai Khan's marble palace!
Baghdad crumbled at the ferocity of the Mongol hordes, and with them came the horrific massacres that dismayed the Islamic world and symbolized the tragic end of the Islamic golden age. The Sacking of Baghdad in February 1258, left approximately one to two million people dead at the hands of the Mongols.
Marco, my friend, you must retract these terribly false statements!
I will not! I have not told half of what I saw...
The terrifying Mongols raided and sacked the city for approximately seventeen days and on February 20th, the caliph was heaved into a woven sack and was trampled by horses until he died, once again, at the hands of the Mongols.
Mongol Power Declines
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After he had returned to Italy, Marco Polo was sent to spend some time in prison. He told a fellow prisoner of his tales from distant China while the prisoner kept a record of his extraordinary stories in a book, writing diligently to encapsulate every detail and aspect of China.
Mongol Power Declines: The Uprising of the Ming Dynasty
While he lies on his deathbed in Italy, Marco Polo's friends had visited him to ask him to retract his seemingly false statements that he had written in his book, as they believed that what he had written had been untrue. He responded, "I have not told half of what I saw."
Many citizens in both Russia and China revolted against their Mongol rulers due to the spread of the Black Death plague, natural disasters, and heavy taxes.
The immense power of the Yuan Dynasty drastically declined with the death of Kublai Kahn and other powerful leaders, with the uprising of citizens against their rulers. People in both China and Russia revolted against their Mongolian rulers. More prominently, the Mongol Yuan Dynasty, founded by Kublai Khan, was overthrown by the new Chinese Ming Dynasty in 1368.