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Updated: 2/20/2019
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  • Marco Polo was born around 1254 into a prosperous merchant family in the Italian city-state of Venice. His father, Niccolò, and his uncle Maffeo had left the year before on a trading expedition. He was raised by extended relatives following his mother’s death at a young age.
  • Nicolo
  • Marco Polo
  • Maffeo
  • This is the port, where they all began another trading expedition, and this time, they had Marco Polo at their side.
  • Nicolo
  • Marco Polo
  • Maffeo
  • At the request of Kublai Khan, they secured some holy oil from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and then backtracked to Acre to pick up gifts, papal documents and two friars from newly elected Pope Gregory X.
  • Maffeo
  • Marco Polo
  • Nicolo
  • The friars abandoned the expedition. The polos traveled to the Persian port city of Hormuz and didn't find any boats they liked, so they took an overland trading route which would eventually be called the silk road.
  • Nicolo
  • Marco Polo
  • Maffeo
  • Over the next three years they trekked through rough terrains, meeting people of various religions and cultures along the way. Finally, around 1275, they arrived at Kublai Khan’s opulent summer palace at Shangdu, or Xanadu, located about 200 miles northwest of his winter quarters in modern Beijing.
  • Nicolo
  • Marco Polo
  • Maffeo
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