Marco Polos depature from venice - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W
Marco Polos depature from venice from Book of the wonders of the world - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W
Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300), a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.
He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time and the three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years later.
Marco Polo was not the first European to reach China, but he was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. This book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. Polo also influenced European cartography, leading to the introduction of the Fra Mauro map.