The Mongol Empire. World History I. Focus Activity. Write down the first words or phrases that come to mind when you see the following terms: Empire Marco Polo Genghis Khan. Who are the Mongols?. Homeland – Rugged steppe region north of China Nomads
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World History I
Write down the first words or phrases that come to mind when you see the following terms:
Benefits of the Yuan Dynasty to the Chinese:
Disadvantages of the Yuan Dynasty:
“If you put together all the Christians in the world, with their Emperors and their Kings, the whole of these Christians, …would not have such power, or be able to do so much as this Kublai, who is Lord of all the Tartars in the world.”
Read the following passage from Marco Polo’s accounts of his travels. What is he saying about Kublai Khan? What is he saying about his empire?
“Whenever the Great Khan sits at the table on any great court occasion, his table is elevated a good deal above the others…Outside the hall are more than 40,000 people; for there is always a great crowd of folk bringing presents to the Lord, or coming from foreign countries with curiosities…On the buffet are placed all the Lord's drinking vessels, among which are certain pitchers of the finest gold, which are big enough to hold drink for eight or ten persons.”