Category Archives: Exploration

Who Was Marco Polo? Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Marco Polo.

  • Marco Polo was born on 15th September 1254 in Venice.
  • His father was a wealthy merchant who traded with the Near East. He was often away and lived in for a time in Constantinople.
  • His mother died when he was young, and he was raised by his aunt and uncle.
  • His father met Marco for the first time in 1269, and in 1271 Marco Polo (aged 17), his father and his uncle set off for Asia.
  • Marco Polo’s adventures are recorded in The Travels of Marco Polo or Book of the Marvels of the World.
  • Marco Polo returned to Venice in 1295, 24 years after leaving. The group had travelled about 15,000 miles and had accumulated a fortune in gemstones.

Marco Polo

  • Marco Polo supported Venice in its war against the Republic of Genoa. He armed a ship and joined the fighting. He was caught by the Genoans.
  • Marco Polo was imprisoned for several years. He was finally released in August 1299.
  • He returned to Venice and funded several other trading expeditions.
  • He married Donata Badoer in 1300, and they had three daughters.
  • Marco Polo died on January 8th 1324.
  • Christopher Columbus was a great admirer of Marco Polo and his travels.
  • A breed of sheep is named after Marco Polo, and a ship bearing his name was, in 1851, the first to sail around the world in under six months.
  • Marco Polo Airport is in Venice.

Captain James Cook: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Captain James Cook. Captain James Cook was an officer of the British Royal Navy, as well as a navigator and explorer. He is famous for discovering Australia. He was born in 1728 near Middlesborough and first worked in a grocery store. He later moved to Whitby, working on freight ships… Continue Reading

Famous Explorers: Facts, Information and Resources

Welcome to the Primary Facts page all about explorers and adventurers, exploration and journeys of discovery. Click the links below to find the facts you are looking for. Vasco da Gama Leif Ericson Ferdinand Magellan Captain James Cook Sir Ernest Shackleton Captain Scott Roald Amundsen George Mallory Sir Edmund Hillary David Livingstone Christopher Columbus John… Continue Reading

Roald Amundsen: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Roald Amundsen, the famous explorer. Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer. As well as navigating the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, he was the first person to reach the South Pole. He was born in 1872 in Norway. He studied medicine as his mother had always… Continue Reading

Facts About Tudor Ships

Tudor ships were able to travel across oceans and seas, and they were used for trading, fighting and exploration. Most ships had 3 or 4 masts with triangular or square sails and they were quite easy to steer. The ships were constructed from timber. King Henry VII started to develop England’s navy by building ships… Continue Reading