Three years after returning to Venice, Marco joined the army to fight against the city-state of Genoa.
He was captured in 1298 and spent two years in a Genoese prison
In prison he met a man named Rustichello who was a writer of romances.
Marco began to dictate the story of his travels to Rustichello. This story became known as The Travels of Marco Polo or The Description of the World
The book- The Travels of Marco Polo
The book became one of the most popular books in Europe. It was widely published, translated into many languages, and thousands of copies were printed.
However, Marco’s book was received with astonishment and disbelief.
Since his book exaggerates places and cultures, he became known as the “man of a million lies”
When Marco Polo was near his death in 1324, a priest entered his room and asked him to admit his stories were false. Instead, Polo replied, “ I do not tell half of what I saw because no one would have believed me.”
Marco Polo’s contributions
Fiction or not, his Travels have captured readers throughout the centuries.
Marco Polo made a huge impact on geographic exploration and was a major influence on Christopher Columbus.
Polo’s descriptions of Asia made many Europeans curious and they began to demand goods from Asia, therefore, increasing trade between the two countries.