Marco Polo was born in 1254. In 1260, his mother passed away. In 1271, he and his father traveled to Cathay, a place we now know as China. The trip took three years, so they didn't reach Cathay until 1274. When they got there, Marco Polo started to study Chinese. The ruler of China sent him on a mission across China in 1275. When he returned in 1280, the ruler, Kublai Khan, gave Marco a job and made him ruler of one of the cities. In 1298, he joined the military, but became a prisoner of war. He was released in 1299. In 1300, Marco Polo got married, and eventually had three daughters. He passed away in 1324 at the age of 74.