Marco Polo’s journey to China was a very successful one in the sense that he accomplished his goals and more. The goal of the journey was to deliver holy oil to the Emperor of China, Kublai Kahn, and it was delivered successfully (Baker 452-453). This goal having been completed, if Marco Polo had then returned to Italy his mission would have been considered a success. Yet Polo went beyond his initial goal of delivering the holy oil. He became a member of the Chinese government as an ambassador of Kublai Kahn’s and educated him on Western advancements (Baker 454; Terkla 166). By having such a significant role in the Chinese government Polo most likely also improved how the Chinese people viewed Europeans. Such improved foreign relations increased the success of the journey by possibly improving...
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...t of his contemporaries. Marco Polo’s journey most likely spurred further expeditions to Asia that in all likelihood affected trade between Asian and European countries. Even though it is possible that Marco Polo did not succeed in realizing his initial goals, such as delivering the holy oil to Kublai Kahn, his journey was a success because of the strong influence he had on social relationships between Europe and Asia. Because of this, it can be established that Marco Polo’s journey was a successful one.
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Fahey, David M. Encyclopedia of World History: V: II. New York: InfoBase Publishing, 2008.
Terkla, Dan. The Oxford Companion to World Exploration: V: II. New York: Oxford University Press Inc., 2007.
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