3 European Explorers

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The life & times of three European explorers

Introduction:

In this essay you will be reading about the legacy of three explorers during renaissance. Firstly you will be reading about Marco Polo secondly about Christopher Columbus and lastly Ferdinand Magellan. These explorers have all changed the world by adding to the world map and proving things that no one else has discovered or seen before

Marco Polo
Marco Polo was a voyager, born in Venice, Italy. He was born on September 15th 1254 and he died at the age of 70 on the 8th January 1324. He was the son of a merchant who traded a lot in Asia. Marco polo lived in Venice, which was on of the richest city-states on earth at the time. He had also lived in china for 17 years. (About.com)

After macro and his dad returned to Europe after being a sail for 24 years they had brought with them; ivory, jade, jewels, porcelain, silk and other goods from Asia (History Essentials 2, 106). This made an impact on the world as goods from Asia were brought into Europe and it affected the European culture because they made the Europeans aware of a civilised Asian culture. They got to know more about the eastern parts of the earth

Marco was imprisoned during the war between Venice and Genoa that’s when he started telling his travels to a writer from Pisa called Rustichello who then wrote the book ‘The Travels Of Marco Polo’ (Nelson History Essentials 2, 106) the book became tremendously influential as other explorers such as Christopher Columbus later used his maps and knowledge to find their routes and discover new places.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator and colonizer born in the Republic of Genoa, which nowadays is northern Italy. Columbus was born on the 31st October 1451 and lived until the age of 54 dying on the 20th May 1506. He completed 4 voyages across the Atlantic Ocean.

Columbus presented his plans to John II, kind of Portugal. He wanted him...
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