Long way from home
…Back in the day, there were a lot of places that were unexplored. You got some money from the rulers of the day, got to these strange lands first, and hey presto, you owned the land! Then you raised a mercenary army and killed off all the people who had lived there forever with manufactured wars and new diseases and looted the riches. If ever there was an incentive to travel, this was it. Old Christopher Columbus, James Cook, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama and Co. found this to their taste. Then there were the followers who had only one thing on their minds: gold. The conquistadors, professional soldiers, travelled to strange lands with barbarous cultures just to make money.
Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, along with Niccolo’s 12-year-old son Marco, were great travellers too. In the year 1270 AD, they travelled the legendary Silk Road, the road to …read more