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[1] Caracarum, Caracorum, Taracoram, Korakarum, Karakarin, Karakum, called
    Holin by the Chinese.  This city was laid down by Danville, with
    acknowledged uncertainty, on the Onguin-pira river, in Lat. 44 deg.. 50’. 
    N. Long. 107 deg..  E.; while others assign its situation on the Orchon, in
    Lat. 46 deg.. 30.  N. Long. 108-1/2 E:  about 150 miles to the N.W.—­E.

[2] The original residence of the Moals or Monguis, whom Marco always calls
    Tartars, appears to have been limited by the Selinga and lake Baikal
    on the west, or perhaps reaching to the Bogdo Altai and Sayanak
    mountains; the Soilki mountains on the east dividing them from the
    Mandshurs, and the Ungar-daga mountains on the south, dividing them
    from the great empire of Tangut, which they overthrew.  Bargu may have
    been on the Baikal, near which there still is a place called Barsuzin. 
    Of Cursa no trace is to be found in our maps.—­E.

[3] Prester-John, Presbyter or Priest, or, as called by the Germans,
    Priester Johann, from which our English denomination, was prince of
    the Naymanni or Karaites, a tribe residing on tke river Kallassui or
    Karasibi, which, discharges itself into the Jenisei.  His original name
    is said to have been Togrul, and for some services to the Chinese in
    their wars, he was honoured with the title of 0ng, Uang, or Wang; from
    whence arose his Tartarian style of Ung-khan, likewise erroneously
    written Aunaek, or Avenaek-khan.  Perhaps this prince may have been
    converted by the Nestorian Christians, and may even have received
    priests orders.—­Forst.

It is more probable that he may have belonged to the Dalai-lama religion, which some ignorant traveller, from resemblance in dress, and the use of rosaries in prayer, may have supposed a Christian sect residing in eastern Scythia.—­E.

[4] Tenduc, Tenduch, Teuduch.—­Forst.

[5] According to the genealogical history of the Tartars by Abulgasi
    Bayadur-khan, Ugadai-khan succeeded Zingis in 1230.  In 1245 he was
    succeeded by his son Kajuk-khan, called Khen-khan by Marco in the
    text.  To him Mangu-khan succeeded in 1247, who held the empire till
    1257; when he was succeeded by Koplai or Kublai-khan, who reigned
    thirty-five years, and died in 1292.—­Harris.

    Marco probably dated the reign of Kublai-khan, which he extends to
    sixty years, from his having received a great delegated government, a
    long time before he became great khan, or emperor of the Tartars.—­E.

[6] Bargu-fin, or Bargouin, is the name of a river on the east side of lake
    Baikal, on which is a town or village named Barguzin, or Barguzinskoy
    Ostrog, signifying the town of the Burguzians.  But by the description
    in the text, Marco appears to have comprehended the whole north-east
    of Tartary, to the north of the Changai mountains, under the general
    name of Bargu, in which he now includes Curza, mentioned separately at
    the commencement of the preceding Section, and where the situation of
    Bargu has been already more particularly described in a note.—­E.

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