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This is a story from the Great Explorers collection.
Here are the stories of nine great adventures and the lives of the men who took part in them. They pushed back the frontiers of man's knowledge of the world by their vision, courage, and sheer doggedness. They were very different people, from bold adventurers facing the unknown with enjoyment to careful, more scientific individuals. Their journeys are placed within their historical context, but also contain the words of the men themselves.
Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant whose travels to Asia in the 13th century did much to introduce Europe to the Far East. His writings made him famous and influenced explorers that followed him, including Christopher Columbus. David Angus details the journey of young Polo - accompanied by his father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo, from whom he learned his trade - to China, where they encountered Kublai Khan. Marco Polo became enchanted with China, and Frances Jeater, Sam Dastor, and Kerry Shale use a hushed gentility that approximates his own awe-struck appreciation for his travels.