Marco Polo

1254 - 1324

Marco Polo

Marco Polo ( (listen); Venetian: [ˈmaɾko ˈpolo]; Italian: [ˈmarko ˈpɔːlo]; 1254 – January 8–9, 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marco Polo has received more than 10,901,189 page views. His biography is available in 159 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, Marco Polo ranks 1 out of 367After him are Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Roald Amundsen, Amerigo Vespucci, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, Ibn Battuta, Bartolomeu Dias, 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 Marie of Luxembourg, Queen of France, Emperor Go-Uda, Henry II of Jerusalem, and Malhun Hatun.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Marco Polo ranks 2 out of 3,282Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452). After him are Christopher Columbus (1451), Galileo Galilei (1564), Julius Caesar (-100), Michelangelo (1475), Archimedes (-287), 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), Antonio Pigafetta (1492), Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485), Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Sebastian Cabot (1484), Bartholomew Columbus (1460), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), and Niccolò de' Conti (1395).

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