While they were on mark expedition Marco was born. On their return through the deserts they arrived at the city where Kublai, grand khan of the Tartarsresided. This prince was highly entertained with the account which they gave him of the European manners and customs, and paulo them his ambassadors to the pope, in order to demand of his holiness a hundred missionaries.
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They accordingly came to Italyobtained from the Roman pontiff two Dominicansthe one an Italian, and the other an Asiatic, and carried with them young Marco, for whom the Tartar prince expressed a singular affection.
This youth was at an early period taught the different dialects of Tartary, and was afterwards employed in embassies which gave him the opportunity of traversing Tartary, Chinaand other eastern countries. After a residence of seventeen years at the court of mark great khan, the three Venetians came back to their own country inwith immense wealth. A short time after his return, Marco served his country at sea against the Genoese, his galley in a naval engagement was sunk, and himself taken prisoner and carried to Genoa.
This work has been translated into several foreign languages, and has been inserted in various collections. The butman in london editions are one in Latin, published by Andrew Miiller at Cologne inand one in French, to be found in the collection of voyages published by Bergeron, at mistresses xxx Hague inin two vols.
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He not only gave better accounts of China than had been before received; but likewise furnished a description of Japan paulo, of several islands of the East Indies, of Madagascarand the coasts of Africaso that from his work it might be easily collected that a direct passage by sea to the East Indies was not only possible, but practicable.
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