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Marco Polo grew up in Venice Italy He was born in 1254 while his father and uncle were on their first journey to China Marcos mother died while he was still very young and he was raised by an aunt and uncle They taught him all the skills needed to be a merchant He learned arithmetic reading and writing as well as how to judge products handle foreign currency and organize cargo ships Marco however would no become a merchant until much later in life His dad returned home when Marco was fifteen and in two years they left he left Venice again This time with his son They would be gone for twenty-four years and Marco would become a close friend of Chinas ruler Kublai Kahn In 1271 Marco Nicolo Marcos father and Maffeo Nicolos brother embarked on their twenty-four year voyage to China The Polos sailed from Venice to Palestine and the rode camels to Hurmoz in Persia They had planned on taking a ship from Hurmoz to China but when they arrived in Hurmoz the available ships did not seem sea worthy so they decided to complete their journey over land They had to ride camels across the deserts and mountains of Asia on a trip that would take three and a half years The Polos saw many marvelous sights on their voyage to China but nothing could prepare Marco for what was to come When the Polos arrived at the Kahns palace they were greeted warmly Kublai Kahn was expecting the return of Nicolo and Maffeo but he was surprised to see Marco accompanying them But Marco on the Kahn soon became the best of friends Kublai Kahn would take Marco hunting with him when ever he went He also gave Marco important government jobs and sent him on many official tours of the kingdom One of Marcos favorite places in China was Geen Mount It was a park made
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