Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Marco Polo´s Journey

Marco Polo was a great Italian explorer. He was born in Venice, Italy, in 1254. He had a very sad childhood. His father, a merchant, was away from home for several years and his mother died when he was very young. When he was seventeen, he joined his father and uncle on a trading expedition to China and this journey gave him a taste for travel and adventure.

Marco Polo went to China to trade and find new markets and products. While he was in China he met Kublai Khan who was the Mongol ruler of China. He travelled for 24 years. On his return he was put in prison where he told stories of his travels to a fellow prisoner who then wrote a famous book about Marco Polo’s adventures. At the time, people didn’t believe the stories but now most people believe his stories were true.

Marco Polo married very late, at the age of 45, to a rich widow. He had three daughters. Marco Polo is still famous for his exploration and travels. He is also well-known for his fantastic stories and his knowledge of China and the court of the great Kublai Khan. Marco Polo died at the age of 70 in 1324 in Venice.To Know more...

HOMEWORK : You have to write the route of Marco Polo´s journey, with some information of every place .

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