Marco Polo Dbq

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Marco Polo is notorious for his voyage to China, however, there are doubts that he actually went there at all. Marco Polo was very famous for being a European to go to China, trade and work for Kublai Khan. He wrote a book, The Travels of Marco Polo, and published it in Europe. Soon, everyone had read his book and began going to China to trade and get riches. This caused the economy in Europe to skyrocket. This is what started the Renaissance, and this is also based on a lie. Marco Polo did not go to China, evidenced by inaccurate and inconsistent details in his book, details left out of his book, and no evidence of visiting.
Marco Polo did not go to China, shown in his book by the lack of accurate and consistent details such as very few
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In his book, Marco Polo only wrote under twenty sentences in the first person. The explorer was in jail when he wrote his book, and he did not write it himself, a romance novelist did. He told the man of his supposed travels and riches he gained from them, allowing the man to write a book. When Polo got out of jail, he had the book published in Europe. When he published the book, the book rarely contained a sentence in which the European says “I”. This supports the theory that he used a guide book to get information to write his book. There are several ideas about how Marco Polo wrote his book without actually going to China. Furthermore, in The Travels Of Marco Polo, Polo described a typhoon that happened seven years before it actually hit China. He described how the typhoon destroyed some of Kublai Khan’s ships. …show more content…
Polo left out common details about China, he left out details about daily things in China like using chopsticks, Chinese women binding feet because of specific beauty standards, and the Great Wall of China, these are things he definitely would have observed while on his excursion. If the famous explorer really did go to China, would not he have seen very traditional and common things while he was there? Back in Renaissance Europe, they had nothing similar to these familiar things in China. If Marco Polo had visited China, he would have noticed these simple customs and behaviors. While chopsticks are a traditional thing in China, binding feet is a very ancient tradition in China. Binding feet is where they take women’s feet and break the smaller toes below the feet to signify that they can marry into wealth and ward away bad luck. Binding feet and chopsticks are small things that are routine and traditional. The Great Wall of China is not a small thing that you can find everywhere. While writing his book, Marco Polo missed the part about The Great Wall of China. The wall is a landmark and it is so huge that you cannot miss it. Marco Polo left out common details about China, he left out specifics about common and important things in China like chopsticks, binding feet, and the Great Wall of China, very easy and popular attractions to see if he actually went to

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