Lead: In 1260 the Polo family, part of the commercial aristocracy of the Venetian city-state, began a remarkable series of trading expeditions. Over the next three decades they would travel tens of thousands of miles.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Nicolo Polo and his uncle Maffeo were merchants. Through their connections at Mediterranean and Black Sea ports, they and their Venetian compeditors traded wool, silver and merchandize for porcelain, spices, and silk. The goods came from China along the four thousand mile long Silk Road, the main trading route between China and Europe. In 1262 while the Polo were venturing further east along the Volga River, warfare broke out behind them and prevented them from returning west, so they continued their trade eastward into central Asia.


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