Marco Polo and the Silk Road
The reopening of the Silk Road sparked the Renaissance because of increased trade between Europe and Asia. Marco Polo was the person who made the Silk Road popular again. When Marco Polo and his family traveled to China, they were greeted by the emperor Kublai Khan and he made Marco Polo a government official. At China, Marco Polo spent 20 years as a messenger and traveled to places such as India and Southeast Asia as stated in page 300 in the textbook. He learned of products such as coal and paper money. When he came back to Venice, many people didn't believe he had gone to Asia at first. Then, it states," Polo's description made many Europeans curious about Asia. As their curiosity grew, people began to demand goods from Asia" (Holt 300). This quote shows that because Polo had gone to Asia and told people about his findings, it made people want to trade products from Asia. Europe traded with Asia so much that they became so rich with goods and products. In conclusion, the Renaissance was started with the help of Marco Polo regaining the popularity of the Silk Road.
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