Italian traveler and merchant, Marco Polo worked for Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan for 17 years as a trading and political ambassador traveling throughout China, as well as Tibet and Burma. After journeying to India, Sumatra, Persia and Turkey, he was later jailed in Italy where he dictated the stories of his adventures to a fellow prisoner; the subsequent book becoming widely read. Polo was popularly believed to have introduced spaghetti to Italy.

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