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On Jan. 9, 1324, a Venetian traveler, merchant and writer Marco Polo was preparing for his final journey – to the afterlife he as a God-fearing Christian was certain existed. At the age of 70, Polo summoned a priest-notary to his home in Venice to record the words of his last will and testament in Latin on a sheepskin measuring about 67 x 27 centimeters.Now, a three-year study of Polo's will by scholars and historians offers a fresh glimpse into the fabled adventurer, as well as more support for the commonly held view that he visited China, which some historians have questioned.Most historians have rejected this view and Della Zana, arguing the fact that Polo's servant was a Tatar, a Mongol people, supports evidence that he did make it to China.
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