Polo was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of
his experience. This book inspiredChristopher Columbusand many other travelers. an epic journey to
returning after 24 years to find Veniceat war withGenoa;
Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in
1299, became a wealthymerchant who spent more than two decades in the
service ofKublai Khan, one of the greatest rulers in history who
reigned over Mongolia for 34 years.