Marco Polo Museum Exhibition

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When he reached one station he would present his plaque and take one other which might serve him as permission to cross until the subsequent station. According to Marko’s opinion there have been 10,000 stations in China and a minimum of 300,000 horses. He expressed his doubts in his book that Europeans would imagine in these inconceivable numbers. The Polo family is much respected in Korcula; living over centuries within the city of Korcula. It produced through the years numerous shipbuilders, smiths, stone-masons, tradesmen, clergymen, and public notaries.
Marko’s father Nikola and uncle Mate based their trading outpost in Korcula, and the members of the Polo family were guardians of the partitions across the town of Korcula. But, for the skilful tradesmen Nikola and Mate, Korcula was solely the place to begin of their business trade and their adventurous life. They erected a tower and founded their very own buying and selling outpost within the city of Sudac on the Crimea.
They had commerce contacts with the dignitaries of various Tartar peoples, and they reached the court docket of the Great Kublai Khan in China. The profitable Korcula tradesmen feeling secure of their centuries-old native soil of Korcula, left their household and still unborn son Marko, as they gazed in the direction of the Far East searching there for a realization of their dream of the wealthy life. Their ideas of fusing the cultural structures of the West and the East also decreed the destiny of Nikola’s son, Marko Polo, from the day of his birth. For these reasons, Korcula was unlikely to escape the highly effective arm of Venice.
They had their primary commerce centre in Constantinople, to which many Korcula businessmen and shipbuilders had been travelling and for some time they had been dwelling there. They were cognizant with the secret ways which led through Syria and Iraq so far as the coasts of the Persian Gulf. They additionally knew the areas where the valuable pearl oysters could be found.
The Croat inhabitants of the island and the city of Korcula tried onerous to resist the intentions of the Venetian Republic. In order to hinder Venitian plans and protect their island neighborhood, the Korculans adopted their communal statute in 1214. That statute, the oldest legal doc on this a part of Europe, codified the entire lifetime of the city and the island and, in a lot of its decrees, set an instance of the European proportions. His crusing ships ventured in search of the unknown and, by cause of their masculine violence ploughed the Mediterranean furrows, whereas the citizen himself remained in the secure maternal womb of his metropolis nucleus and his peasant area. Sea furrow, field furrow, and a furrow as the road of his writing, welded in the Korcula statute, spelt for the Korcula citizen the prospect of a wondrous pleasure of existence.
Wherever they ventured they have been made welcome as people who had been “noble-minded, wise and cheap”. They knew the routes that led to the fur traders of southern Siberia.