Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant and explorer in the 13th century, is not credited with any inventions. However, the book depicting his travels introduced many Asian inventions and ideas to Europe.Continue Reading
The geography of Asia made it very difficult to access at the time of Marco Polo's explorations, and he was exposed to a world that few other Europeans had seen. Some of Europe's first maps of Asia were based on the information in Polo's book, today referred to by its English title, "The Travels of Marco Polo." Polo's book is credited with introducing the idea of paper money to Europe, including how it was made and used. Also of note are his descriptions of where and how salt was produced, which was of particular importance as it was also used as currency.
After many years spent in Asia, Marco Polo returned home to find Venice at war with Genoa. When Genoa defeated Venice, Marco Polo was imprisoned, where it is believed that a fellow prisoner recorded the stories of his travels. Although the book was not widely accepted as fact, it gained popularity throughout Europe and was printed in many languages. It gave many their first glimpse into Asian culture and inspired future explorers to expand on Polo's knowledge.Learn more about Inventions
Marco Polo influenced China’s political history by participating in diplomatic and military actions, by increasing awareness and trade between the East and the West through his writings, and by encouraging the Eastern rulers to explore Western culture. Polo’s first encounter with Eastern civilization was with Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan. Khan put Polo to work first as a tax collector and then in a variety of emissary positions.Full Answer >
Marco Polo was educated by his aunt. He was born in 1254 in Venice, Italy, to a family of merchants. His father was away while when he was born, and his mother died while he was young, so he was raised and educated by his extended family.Full Answer >
The traveler and writer Marco Polo, born into a family of Venetian merchants, spent years representing China (then known as Cathay) under the sponsorship of the Mongol prince Kublai Khan. Marco impressed the Khan as he demonstrated his excellence in travel and his powers of observation.Full Answer >
Marco Polo was a Venetian explorer and merchant who traveled extensively in Asia and recorded his experiences in a book. He was brought to China as a teenager by his father and uncle in 1269, and he was pressed into service in the court of Kublai Khan. He returned 24 years later and was imprisoned in Genoa, where he dictated his adventures to a cellmate.Full Answer >