Lesson 7: On the Road with Marco Polo: From Hormuz to Venice
In the 13th century, a young Venetian named Marco Polo set out with his father and uncle on a great adventure. Following a series of trade routes, they traveled across the vast continent of Asia and became the first Europeans to visit the Chinese capital (modern Beijing). Marco so impressed the reigning emperor of China, Kublai Khan, that he was appointed to the imperial court. For the next 17 years, Marco was sent on missions to many parts of Kublai's sprawling empire. The Polos finally returned to Venice via the sea route. Marco later wrote a book about his experiences, which inspired new generations of explorers to travel to the exotic lands of the East.
Why did Marco Polo follow particular routes from Hormuz back to Venice?
How did the environment affect Marco Polo's travels and trade?
How did Marco Polo's journey affect the economies and cultures of the places he traveled through?
Examine the relationship between geography and the early history of Turkey.
Evaluate the historical, geographical, and cultural importance of Constantinople.
Analyze the short and long-term changes that occurred as a result of Marco Polo.