• Marco polo was born in 1254 and died in
• He was born in Venetian Republic
but the exact place where he was born,
Kublai Khan to
Cathay - China Marco Polo’s father was a rich merchant who
often went on trading journeys to distant lands.
At seventeen years old, he went with his father
and uncle on a journey through the Holy Land,
Persia and Tartary, and to the Empire of China,
then called Cathay.
It took the travellers three years to reach Cathay.
Khan in Peking
The emperor of Cathay was a monarch named
Kublai Khan who lived in Peking.
Marco Polo's father and uncle had been in
Cathay once before and had entertained Kublai
He was pleased with Marco Polo and he invited
him to the palace. Marco Polo studied the
Chinese language, and it was not very long
before he could speak it.
Escorts Kublai khan’s daughter to Persia Marco Polo desired to marry
the daughter of Kublai Khan,
the Princess Cocachin, and
he had sent to ask her father
for her hand.
They went on a long voyage stopping at Borneo,
Sumatra, Ceylon and other places, until the ships
entered the Persian Gulf and the princess was
Returns to Venice
They had been away so long and were so much
changed in appearance that none of their relations
and old friends knew them when they arrived in
At length, on order to show that they were the men
that they declared themselves to
be, they gave a dinner to all their
relations and old friends.
He then brought into the room the
rough Tatar filled with rubies,
emeralds and diamonds. It was
the finest collection of jewels ever seen in Venice.
Captured by the Genoese
Marco Polo and many of his countrymen were
captured by the Genoese when Venice was at war
This was because Venice shipped in treasures
from the East and had warships to protect their
rich cargoes from the pirates of the
Creation of his
He was locked in a Genoese prison for a year. One
of his fellow-prisoners was a skilful penman and
Marco Polo would tell him his experiences in
China, Japan, and other Eastern countries.
This was carefully written out. Copies
of the manuscript exist to this day.
One of these is in a library in Paris.
It is said that the book was translated
into many languages, so that people
in all parts of Europe learned about
the adventures of Marco Polo.