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That Men Might Know

October 10, 2012   ·   By   ·   0 Comments

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 Polo brothers in the court of Kubilai Khan. Khan gives them a tablet

Polo brothers in the court of Kubilai Khan. Khan gives them a tablet

American Minute from William J. Federer

In 1271, Marco Polo left Venice with his father and uncle, and traveled 5,600 miles east to meet Kublai Khan, grandson of Ghengis Khan, who was Emperor of China, Korea, North India, Persia, Russia and Hungary.

Emperor Kublai Khan had requested 100 Christian teachers, but only two preaching friars were sent by Pope Gregory X, and they turned back in fear while crossing an area being attacked by Turkish Muslims.

Marco Polo was employed by Kublai Khan as an envoy for 24 years.

Upon his return to Italy, Marco Polo was captured during the Battle of Curzola in 1298 and imprisoned in Genoa.

He dictated his travels to fellow prisoner Rustichello da Pisa, who wrote them down, resulting in Medieval Europe’s best-seller, The Travels of Marco Polo.

Marco Polo stated:

“I believe it was God’s will that we should come back, so that men might know the things that are in the world, since, as we have said in the first chapter of this book, no other man, Christian or Saracen, Mongol or pagan, has explored so much of the world as Messer Marco, son of Messer Niccolo Polo, great and noble citizen of the city of Venice.”

130 years after Marco Polo died, Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus wrote to the King and Queen of Spain:

“Concerning the lands of India, and a Prince called Gran Khan…

“How many times he sent to Rome to seek doctors in our Holy Faith to instruct him and that never had the Holy Father provided them, and thus so many people were lost through lapsing into idolatries…

“And Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians and Princes devoted to the Holy Christian Faith and the propagators thereof, and enemies of the sect of Mahomet and of all idolatries and heresies, resolved to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the said regions of India, to see the said princes and peoples and lands and the dispositions of them and of all, and the manner in which may be undertaken their conversion to our Holy Faith,

“And ordained that I should not go by land (the usual way) to the Orient, but by the route of the Occident, by which no one to this day knows for sure that anyone has gone.”

On OCTOBER 10, 1492, Columbus’ Journal records:

“Here the people could stand it no longer and complained of the long voyage…but the Admiral…added that it was useless to complain.

“He had come to the Indies, and so had to continue until he found them, with the help of Our Lord.”


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