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Marco Polo and His Travels through Asia The Question I am asking in my essay is Why did Marco Polo go I think his reason for exploring new lands is not because he had dreams of conquest but because he was in fact trying to find a new trading market Marco Polo was born in Venice Italy in 1254 His father Niccolo was a prosperous merchant who imported luxury goods from Asia When Marco was just six years old his father sailed off to Istanbulthen called Constantinople and didnt come back for nine years Marcos mother died shortly after his 16th birthday just before his father got back from his voyage Two years later he set out again this time taking his son Marco Polo was just 17 years old when he left Venice for the first time in his life He would nearly be 42 years of age when he saw it again So the journey to Asia had begun The first place the Polos reached was lesser Armenia where Marco had begun to observe new and different kinds of people He was not always impressed In former times its gentry were esteemed expert and brave soldiers but at the present day great drinkers From Lesser Armenia the Polos traveled to Anatolia in Eastern Turkey then called Turkomania Here Marco marveled at the horses mules handsome carpets and fine skills Next came greater Armenia where Mount Arat towered nearly eighteen thousand feet into the heavens At the top of this mountain Marco knew Noahs ark finally came to rest but there was too much snow that covered the upper slopes so that no one could climb it and search for the ark No one did climb it until 1829 Those explorers did not find the ark but later explorers found evidence of fossilized wood The next place the Polos voyage took them to was Zorzania today part of Georgia Marco
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