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Marco Polo


TRAVELS IN THE LAND OF SERPENTS AND PEARLS

Translated by Nigel Cliff

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Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls

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MARCO POLO

Born 1254, Republic of Venice

Died 1324, Republic of Venice

Marco Polo left Venice in 1271 and spent twenty-four years in Asia, where he became an important agent for Kublai Khan and made many journeys through the Mongol Empire. On his way home in 1291, he accompanied a diplomatic mission that sailed on a fleet of junks via Sumatra, Sri Lanka and India to the Persian Gulf. He wrote his famous Travels, from which this selection is taken, while in prison in Genoa.

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