Marco Polo first set out at age 17 with his father and uncle, traveling overland along what later became known as the Silk Road. The Silk Road was the route that Marco Polo, his uncle, and his father took in order to get to Asia. The Silk Road was called the Silk Road because silk made up a large proportion of trade along this road. Polo's mother died when he was young, and his father and uncle, successful jewel merchants Niccolo and Maffeo Polo, were in Asia for much of Polo's youth.
Fun Facts: 1. Marco Polo was an Italian merchant adventurer. 2. Marco Polo was born in Venice, Italy. 3. Marco Polo was raised by distant relatives.
Marco Polo traveled farther than any of his predecessors during his 24-year journey along the Silk Road, reaching China and Mongolia, where he became a confidant of Kublai Khan, the khagan of the Mongol empire. Khagan means emperor. One thing he did as confidant of Kublai Khan was serve as a governor in the city of Yanzhou.