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Over many centuries countless people have traveled unmapped territories for a number of reasons Some are looking for treasure some for fame and some just to map out and claim new lands for their kings and queens These are just a few reasons among many Some of the best known explorers are Marco Polo Christopher Columbus and Meriwether Lewis William Clarke Lewis and Clarke Marco Polo 1254 1323 was born into to a family of merchants from Venice Italy who did a great deal of traveling to carry out their business of trading In the year 1269 Marcos Father and Uncle returned from a long trading trip to Venice They had traveled all the way to Cathay China While they were there the current Emperor of China asked them to return with teachers and Missionaries for the Chinese people In 1271 they returned and they took Marco with them On the way to Cathay in Palestine they picked up 3 monks who were missionaries to China Soon afterwards they turned back because they feared the dangers of the voyage ahead of them In 1275 Marco and his fellow travelers arrived to greet the Emperor Kublai Khan at his palace The Emperor especially liked Marco so he appointed him the Governor of a busy city called Yangchow Pop 250000 Marco traveled to many distant lands on business trips and brought back stories of those countries and the lifestyles of the inhabitants Some of the lands he traveled to were Tibet Indochina Ynnan and Burma Fearing that people of the court would try to destroy them for the wealth they had acquired if Kublai Khan died the Marcos requested that the Emperor give them permission to return to their homeland Venice Italy The Emperor did not grant this request When the Khan from Persia asked to marry the daughter of Kublai Khan Kublai gave his consent Hearing of this the Polos suggested that
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