World Famous Explorers - Marco Polo
Marco Polo was born on September 15, 1254 in Venice, Venetian Republic ( a state originating from the city of Venice in Northeastern Italy. It existed for over a millennium, from the late 7th century until 1797).

Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveler. He learned about trading whilst his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, travelled through Asia and apparently met Kublai Khan.
In 1269, Niccolò his father and Maffeo his uncle returned to Venice, meeting Marco for the first time. In 1271, during the dogado of Doge Lorenzo Tiepolo, Marco Polo at seventeen years of age, his father, and his uncle set off for Asia on the series of adventures. They returned to Venice in 1295, 24 years later, with many riches and treasures. They had traveled almost 15,000 miles. Marco Polo
 
Marco Polo's Map of the journey
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Travels of Marco Polo
: In 1271, Niccolò, Maffeo and Marco Polo embarked on their voyage to fulfill Khan's request. They sailed to Acre, and then rode on camels to the Persian port of Hormuz. They passed through Armenia, Persia, and Afghanistan, over the Pamirs, and all along the Silk Road to China.

In 1323, Marco Polo was confined to bed, due to illness. On January 8, 1324, despite physicians' efforts to treat him, Polo was on his deathbed and the exact date of Marco Polo's death cannot be determined, but it was between the sunsets of January 8 and 9, 1324 in Venice, Italy.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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