Marco Polo was an Italian trader and adventurer by land and sea. He was 18 years old when he travelled from Europe to Asia by land and he remained in China for a further 17 years before returning to Venice by sea. During his travels he discovered many different commodities used such as paper for money, ivory, porcelain and silk. A significant part of his trek is known today as ‘The Silk Road’- an ancient trade route
connecting Europe and Asia which helped to generate trade and commerce between kingdoms.