Marco Polo was a Venetian traveler in China. His father, Niccolo Polo, and his uncle Maffeo Polo, had made a trading expedition to Constantinople. A war blocked their return, and they journeyed eastward to reach Kubblai Khan's eastern capital at Kaifeng in 1266. THey returned to Venice in 1269, and in 1271 they left with young Marco for Kublai's court. The party reached Cambuluc in 1275. Marco Polo became a favorite of the khan, who employed him as an adviser and a tax assessor, sending him on business to central and North China, South East Asia, and India. For three years he apparently governed a Chinese city. In 1292 the travelers, acting as escort for a Mongol princess who was wed the khan of Persia, left Kublai's realm; they were back in Venice by 1295. Marco Polo soon joined Venetian forces fighting Genoa and was taken prisoner following Venice's loss in the Battle of Curzola. During his two year captivity, aided by notes and reports written while he was in the East and by his fellow prisoner and co author Rustichello of Pisa, he dictated an account of his travels.
About Marco Polo
Occupation: Venetian Traveler
Marco Polo's Traveling Route
Marco Polo's Book of his Travels
Marco Polo Water Game
The historical significance of this game relates back to a time when Marco Polo was travelling to China with his father and uncle. Marco was very tired and he fell asleep on his horse. His horse must have sensed this and slowed down dropping back from the caravan. When Marco Polo awoke he did not see his family. He began to hear voices in the desert thinking it was the caravan calling for him. He was later found it was not his family calling: he was hallucinating.