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Marco Polo is one of the most well-known heroic travelers and traders around the world In my paper I will discuss with you Marco Polos life his travels and his visit to China to see the great Khan Marco Polo was born in c1254 in Venice He was a Venetian explorer and merchant whose account of his travels in Asia was the primary source for the European image of the Far East until the late 19th century Marcos father Niccol and his uncle Maffeo had traveled to China 1260-69 as merchants When they left 1271 Venice to return to China they were accompanied by 17-year-old Marco and two priests Despite his enduring fame very little was known about the personal life of Marco Polo It is known that he was born into a leading Venetian family of merchants He also lived during a propitious time in world history when the height of Venices influence as a city-state coincided with the greatest extent of Mongol conquest of AsiaLi Man Kin 9 Ruled by Kublai Khan the Mongol Empire stretched all the way from China to Russia and the Levant The Mongol hordes also threatened other parts of Europe particularly Poland and Hungary inspiring fear everywhere by their bloodthirsty advances Yet the ruthless methods brought a measure of stability to the lands they controlled opening up trade routes such as the famous Silk Road Eventually the Mongols discovered that it was more profitable to collect tribute from people than to kill them outright and this policy too stimulated tradeHull 23 Into this favorable atmosphere a number of European traders ventured including the family of Marco Polo The Polos had long-established ties in the Levant and around the Black Sea for example they owned property in Constantinople and Marcos uncle for whom he was named had a home in Sudak in the CrimeaRugoff 8 From Sudak around 1260 another uncle Maffeo and Marcos father Niccol made a trading
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