The Ship That Launched Them All
|Marco Polo (1300)|
His Travels made no mention about the Great Wall. While traveled extensively in China, Marco Polo never learned the Chinese language nor mentioned a number of articles which are part of everyday life, such as women's foot-binding, calligraphy, or tea. In additional, Marco Polo's name was never occurred in the Annals of the Empire (Yuan Shih), which recorded the names of foreign visitors far less important and illustrious than the three Venetians. So did Marco Polo ever go to China?" (source: http://www.silk-road.com/artl/marcopolo.shtml)
|Christopher Columbus (1492)|
|Hernan Cortez (1534)|
It was the writings of Montalvo that inspired Hernan Cortez. And it was Cortez who sailed to Mexico, dominating the territory and conquering the land for Spain.
Imagine where we would be if it wasn't for writing?