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Marco Polo

1254 - 1324

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Marco Polo ( , Venetian: [ˈmaɾko ˈpolo], Italian: [ˈmarko ˈpɔːlo] ; c. 1254 – 8 January 1324) was a Venetian merchant, explorer and writer who travelled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. His travels are recorded in The Travels of Marco Polo (also known as Book of the Marvels of the World and Il Milione, c. 1300), a book that described to Europeans the then-mysterious culture and inner workings of the Eastern world, including the wealth and great size of the Mongol Empire and China in the Yuan Dynasty, giving their first comprehensive look into China, Persia, India, Japan and other Asian cities and countries.Born in Venice, Marco learned the mercantile trade from his father and his 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marco Polo has received more than 15,703,080 page views. His biography is available in 167 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 161 in 2019). Marco Polo is the most popular explorer, the 2nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 4th in 2019) and the most popular Italian Explorer.

Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant and explorer who traveled to China in the 13th century. He is most famous for his accounts of his travels, which were published in the book "The Travels of Marco Polo."

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Among explorers, Marco Polo ranks 1 out of 405After him are Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1254, Marco Polo ranks 1After him are Osman I, Charles II of Naples, Marie of Brabant, Queen of France, Zhao Mengfu, Floris V, Count of Holland, and Dmitry of Pereslavl. Among people deceased in 1324, Marco Polo ranks 1After him are Malhun Hatun, Marie of Luxembourg, Queen of France, Emperor Go-Uda, Henry II of Jerusalem, Hedwig of Holstein, Irene of Brunswick, and Dino Compagni.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Marco Polo ranks 2 out of 4,668Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452). After him are Galileo Galilei (1564), Christopher Columbus (1451), Julius Caesar (-100), Archimedes (-287), Michelangelo (1475), Dante Alighieri (1265), Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), and Niccolò Machiavelli (1469).

Among EXPLORERS In Italy

Among explorers born in Italy, Marco Polo ranks 1After him are Christopher Columbus (1451), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), John Cabot (1450), Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485), Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778), Antonio Pigafetta (1492), Sebastian Cabot (1484), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Bartholomew Columbus (1460), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), and Lancelotto Malocello (1270).