Aspects of Italian and American History

Exploration and Discovery

Marco Polo's account did inspire other explorers and gave Europe their single most important impetus for future exploration and consequent discoveries. His writings introduced such new wonders as gunpowder, which would lead to many future technologies, including guns, which were invented by the Italians (pistols were from the city of Pistoia).

Polo’s safe land routes to the Orient were traced and soon Europe learned that the "million lies" were in fact true descriptions of the Orient. Having quickly established and protected the commercial land routes to the Orient, Italians and Europeans alike, engaged in extremely profitable business for many decades until the routes were threatened and eventual closed by the rising Muslin lords.