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Marco Polo and the Silk Road

The reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance by a remarkable man named Marco Polo and his family traveling across the Silk Road. They traveled to China and Venice. “When the Polos arrived in China, they met with the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. He invited them to stay in his court and even made Marco Polo a government official”(Holt 299). The Polos also traveled to Europe and discovered coal. His uncle and father stayed in China when he visited China and Southwest Asia. He spent 20 years traveling to Asia. When he returned to Venice no one believed him. Eventually they believed him and demanded more products from Asia. Trade between Asia and Europe increased.

Marco Polos trade route
When Marco Polo met with emperor Kublai Khan.
Marco Polos family

Italian Trade Cities (Florence)

Medici Family

Top left: Cosimo Medici art. Bottom left: Cosimo Medici Architecture. Top right: education about Cosimo Medici. Bottom right: Cosimo Medici banking

Rediscovering the Past(Greek and Roman)

Greek and Roman Classical ideas helped shape the development of the Renaissance by the Classical and Medieval ideas being new to them so they took interest in this. They wanted to make these old ideas new and fresh.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci had many interest. One of Da Vinci interest was inventions. One of most popular invention ideas was a Parchute. Sebastian Lenormand was also taken credit of. Da Vinci convinced the idea to make it official.

Leonardo Da Vinci's ideas.


This video will talk about his paintings.

Paper and Printing (Johann Gutenberg)

Top: These are letters that they used. Bottom: How they made the letters.

The movable type in Italy helped with people that didn't understand a certain language they could use letters instead of trying to speak it. Also, it was mainly used for bibles.

Renaissance Writing (William Shakespeare)

How Willam Shakespeare writing reflected the ideas of humanism by each human being is important(Holt 317). This explains my evidence by how his ideas reflected humanism. Shakespeare writing attracted such a wide audience because it was written in English not Latin (Holt 317). This explains my evidence by this is telling why his writing attracted so much people.

Left: Hamlet by Shakespeare. Right: Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.

Sonnet 18: " Shall I compare thee to a summer day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling bud of May, and summers lease hat all to short a date".

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