Marco Polo Thesis

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Marco Polo was an explorer who sculpted the world we live in today. He traveled from his Venetian home to China along the Silk Roads. In China, he worked for one of the most powerful leaders in his time, Kublai Khan. This gave him a firsthand experience with one of Europe’s powerful leaders. His travels were later recorded into a book called the, II Milione, which gave Europeans insight of the world beyond them. His book inspired other Europeans to travel to unknown lands. Marco Polo is important due to his travels from his home to China along the Silk Roads, working for China’s leader, and recording everything he saw into one of the most controversial books of its time. Marco Polo was born to a wealthy Ventian family in 1254 (Burgan 7 & Gefen …show more content…
Kublai Khan was the fifth emperor of the Yuan Dynasty and the grandson of Genghis Khan (Burgan 11). He was the first Mongol leader to conquest China (“Kublai Khan”). His father and uncle had worked as ambassadors for the Khan, who had grown to like them. When they returned with Marco, they were greatly welcomed. Kublai Khan quickly began to like Polo, due to him accepting Monogol ways and being skilled in multiple languages. He mostly learned Mongolian, Chinese, Persian, and Uignar (Breheir). He became a trusted adviser of the Khan and gave guidance on military decisions as well as performed countless missions in pursuit of information (“Marco Polo” and Breheir). Polo eventually ruled Yang-Chow for three years (Breheir) under the Khan’s management. Kublai Khan trusted foreigners like Polo because he did not trust the Chinese (“Kublai Khan”) so when the Polos wanted to return home to Italy. The Khan did not want them to leave because they were valuable advisers. Eventually, he allowed them to leave as escorts for a Princess engaged to the Persian khan (Stockdale). The extensive voyage led them to many islands slowing them down but after twenty-four years the Polos were back in Italy …show more content…
Polo traveled from his home town through countless Middle Eastern countries into China. He took note of the individual things that made these countries different as well as the native peoples’ way of life. While in China, he stayed with one of the most powerful world leaders of the time and noted his reigning over China. He complied his knowledge from his travels into a controversial three part novel. It was so controversial because people doubted the authenticity of Polo 's stories. Today historians have proven that the majority of the accurate detail Polo gave in his novels (Burgan 40). The novel gave Europe a detailed look at the Middle East. It inspired countless explores like Christopher Columbus to travel beyond the known. The world might not be the same without Polo’s contribution to the

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