Marco Polo's Journey to China. 2nd Edition
Twenty-First Century Books, 2013年1月1日 - 132 頁
Can one book really change the world? A handwritten manuscript by Marco Polo in 1288 did. Polo, son of a wealthy Italian merchant, wrote about his incredible experiences traveling to China with his father and uncle on a trade expedition, and also about his adventures as an envoy of Kublai Khan, the ruler of most of China. Polo’s book became a bestseller in Europe in the fourteenth century. It was copied over and over by hand, translated into fourteen languages, and became one of the first books to be printed after the invention of moveable type. The tales inspired others—including Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century—to seek new sea routes for trade. Polo’s adventures—and manuscript—are one of world history’s most pivotal moments.
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Merchants struck deals over pearls from India, jewels from Sri Lanka, and bales of silk, muslin, and brocade from Baghdad and Mosul (Iraq), and China. Notaries recorded details of contracts being drawn up for future voyages.
Polo's merchant's eye also noticed the “large stone buildings, in which all the merchants who come from India and elsewhere store their wares and merchandise.” Chinese sources say that some of these storage facilities had more than one ...
Outward from this thriving region, fleets of small ships plied the coast between ports on the East and the South China seas, while oceangoing junks rode the monsoon winds to trade in the East Indies, India, southwestern Asia, ...
Venice's Rialto was crowded with Germans, Armenians, Slavs, and other foreign merchants but no one from India or China. Instead, cara- vans from central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula brought Chinese porcelain and silks and Indian ...
This man, Patriarch John of India, appar- ently wanted to reestablish ties with Western Christianity. Nothing came of the meeting, and modern scholars debate whether John was a real Nestorian clergyman or an impostor.
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