CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS MEETS MARCO POLO

If history never lies, then this meeting never took place and the new world would never have been discovered by Christopher Columbus.

Two men who would become renowned in world history in later centuries sit opposite each other across a wooden table in a simple, small, box-like jail room.

One man, the prisoner, a Venetian, is Marco Polo.

The other is a curious questioner, a Genoan and his name is Christopher Columbus.

The latin states of Venice and Genoa have been at war for more than a hundred years over maritime rights of trade and commerce at the head of the adriatic sea to the eastern meditteranean gateway and the city of Constantinople.

These are two men bonded by mutual respect and a fantastic quest to serve mankind for the better good beyond the the outcome of any inter-state conflict which divides a people.

Marco Polo has recently returned from twenty-four years of travels and voyage to the east where he encountered upon a s still unknown people whose influence is yet to be grasped and understood by an uneducated world.

Marco Polo was relentless in his dictation of notes to his cellmate about his countless experiences in Mongolia and China in particular.

Now those experiences could be heard first-hand by the Genoan who had aspirations of his own to discover the new world.

These two humble men, modestly dressed in white tunics and the course indigo-dyed blue cotton trousers of the day so typical of the city of Genoa, shared time for this one solitary meeting.

A simple oil lamp hung down over the table and the two men.

The meeting was basic without needs.  No food or drink.  No exchange of gifts.  No commodities.  Clasped hands in accord as if arm-wrestling but not wanting to let go.

No notes were taken by the Genoan who mentally recorded what he needed to know.

It would not be long before the Genoan would set off on the discovery of the new world we know today as America.

The end of the War of the Two States was imminent and so was the release of the Venetian who would soon return to his homeland.

History was recorded in that one single meeting.  History cannot lie to those who know the truth.

Years later, based upon the transcript of the notes of the cell-mate, the meeting of Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo was depicted in a painting by the Tuscan artist Leonardo da Vinci

Neither Christopher Columbus nor Marco Polo would comprehend at that time that the clothes they wore that day would epitomise their achievements as much as their legacies of discovery.

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