Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
Nicolo Polo and Maffeo Polo, well-respected merchants from Venice, set sail for Constantinople in 1250. The object of this lesson is to learn about the Polo brothers meeting Barka, war with Alau, and the beginning of their journey to meet the grand khan.
1. Class discussion: Nicolo and Maffeo Polo were well-respected merchants from Venice. They set sail for Constantinople in a ship of their own with a very large cargo of merchandise. Discuss why the brothers chose to go to Constantinople. What benefit would they get from going there? Why did they leave Constantinople? What did they do to prepare to leave? How would this help them? How many different modes of transportation did they use? Why did they need different modes of transportation? Whom did they meet in Bolgara and Assara? Describe the person they met. How did he receive the brothers? How did he...
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