Thursday, November 15, 2007

The map of Marco Polo's travels

It seems that a number of people are looking for a map of Marco Polo's travels (as shown by my blog traffic data). So here is the best one I found, which might be useful to some of you. You can click on the image to enlarge it. So where did Marco Polo's travels take him? Well, he left from Venise, Italy in 1271 and traveled throughout what is known today as Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, India for 24 years. Quite a trip, no?... Interested to know more? The 2001 National Geographic articles "on the traces of Marco Polo" (see my previous posting) offer great insights on his adventures. It is fascinating to see how we can still see nowadays some of the traditions observed by Marco Polo at the end of the 13th century. The last article also includes an amazing photograph of a copy of Marco Polo's travels book, annotated in the margins by noone else than Christopher Columbus. Simply unbelievable!
And if you are interested in other explorers and their discoveries, make sure to check this article on Samuel de Champlain's explorations of the N.E. of the United States, at the time of New France. The authors have created a complete map of 6 voyages, because they could not find a good one on the internet!

1 comment:

jeannebarnett said...

This map does not indicate Marco Polo's entire travels, not including for example Samarkand. Todate I have not found a better map online, however.
Having traveled widely throughout Xinjiang in 2002- Uumqi,Turfan,Korla, Kucha,Aksu, Kashgar, Yarkand, Khotan - am also especially interested in this area.

Jeanne B.