Marco Polo came from the country of Italy and was born in Venice. His biggest contribution came from his writings about his travels and the time he spent in China.
Marco Polo was a merchant, explorer, and writer. He was born around the year 1254 and died on January 8, 1324 in Venice. Twenty four years of his life was spent in Cathay, which is now China, and traveling to and from there. Marco Polo was born into a wealthy family of Venetian merchants during a time when Venice was leading the world in foreign commerce. His father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo had already traveled to China by the time Marco was six years old, where they were very well-received by Kublai Khan. Khan sent them to Rome in 1269 with a message for the pope. He wanted the pope to send 100 Europeans to share knowledge with him. The pope did not do this, but the Polo brothers returned to China in 1271 taking Marco with them.
With Khan’s approval, the Polos set up trade agreements within China. While they were there, Marco kept detailed accounts of customs, events, and business dealings. Khan read these to keep up with developments in his empire.
Marco spent the rest of his life in Venice, Italy the country where Marco Polo came from.
In 1300, Marco married Donata Badoer and they had three daughters. He became very ill in 1323 and died on January 8, 1324. He was buried at the San Lorenzo di Venezia church.