In part 1 of our series, we first take a look at the journey of Marco's father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, who traveled to China and met the great Kublai Khan. We then follow the Polo family as they prepare for a return mission into the heart of the Mongol Empire.
People and Places
Marco Polo - Venetian merchant and explorer
Niccolò Polo - Father of Marco Polo
Maffeo Polo - Brother of Niccolò, uncle of Marco
Kublai Khan - Emperor of the Mongol Empire
Teobaldo Visconti - Papal Legate in Acre - later Pope Gregory X
Venice - City State in Italy. Home of the Polos
Constantinople - Former capital of the Byzantine Empire
Acre - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Israel
Ayes - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Turkey
Khanbaliq - Capital of Mongol Empire (modern-day Beijing)
Bukhara - City on Silk Road located in modern-day Uzbekistan
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The Endurance Expedition begins! In this episode, we follow the Endurance from South Georgia Island and into the Weddell Sea - and discover the fate of Endurance.
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Part six in our series covers the years 1910-1914. We follow the race to the South Pole between Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen, and then go with Shackleton as he prepares his next expedition - the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition - aka the Endurance Expedition.
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In the second part of the Nimrod Expedition, we focus on two things. First was the struggle of Shackleton and the geographic South Pole to get back to the Antarctic coast. And second, we will cover the pretty amazing story of the magnetic South pole team. It is a some amazing stuff.