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History of the Western Hemisphere

  • 1095

    Pope Urban II Called for the Crusades

    Pope Urban II Called for the Crusades
    The Catholics attempted to conquer Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Abbasid Caliphate.
  • 1200

    A big Shift in the Culture of Europe

    A big Shift in the Culture of Europe
    "Peasants and nobles... found themselves in new lands, meeting with new peoples... the Crusades opened the European people's eyes to the rest of the world." The Commercial Revolution had occured, because of the Crusades.
  • 1254

    Marco Polo is Born

    Marco Polo is Born
    Marco Polo was born to a family of merchants in Venice.
  • 1293

    Marco Polo's Journey

    Marco Polo's Journey
    Marco Polo went to the East and back to Venice, collecting ivory, jade, jewels, porcelain and silk with him.
  • 1298

    Marco Polo and the 2nd Venetian-Genoese war

    Marco Polo and the 2nd Venetian-Genoese war
    Marco Polo captained a galley in a battle against Genoa and was captured as a prisoner-of-war, later writing a book.