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The Travels of Marco Polo (Adventures From History)
The Travels of Marco Polo - Adventures From History Author:Marion Koenig, Mario Logi (Illustrator), Gabriele Santini (Illustrator) Just over 500 years ago, three bold Venetian merchants traveled across unknown lands, through deserts and mountains, to China. They were the first Europeans known to visit this far-off place. One of the merchants was seventeen-year-old Marco Polo, and this book describes the many wonderful things he saw, and the remarkable stories he... more » was told, during his travels and at the court of the Mongol emperor, Khubilai Khan.
He saw the sparkling gold and silver decorations on the Chinese palaces and evidence on every side of their highly civilized way of life. But he did not always understand the marvels he saw, for he described the orangutan as a small hairy man and thought that the rhinoceros must be the legendary unicorn.
He heard tell of the great battles, when the Mongol horsemen swept down on their foes, destroying and burning the cities in their way. And he himself once narrowly escaped being killed by a band of savage horsemen who attacked his party as they were crossing the desert during a terrible sandstorm. You will find all of these and many other exciting adventures in this story of Marco Polo's travels.« less