Connections With History
It all started hundreds if not thousands of years ago, when people from different continents dared to leave their homes and traveled to discover the world. Going south or North, East or west, every travel brought back magnificent stories, carried out meetings of different nations, exchange of traditions, enlightments through new knowledge, export and import of arts, music, food, spices, medicine, silk, jewelry and much more. Although it sometime drove the human mind to reach ultimate desires of domination, occupation of foreign lands and humiliation of its original inhabitants, but luckily the collective memory of people managed to well register all the good sides of such multi-cultural interaction. It managed to preserve it to future generations to benefit and be illuminated about our magical world.Two historical references have well inspired the birth of EASTMANIA concept, The first one is the Morrocan scholar Ibn Battuta and the second is the Italian explorer Marco Polo.
He was a Moroccan Berber scholar best known as a traveler and explorer. His account documents his travels and excursions over a period of almost thirty years, covering some 117,000 km. These journeys covered almost the entirety of the known Islamic world and beyond, extending from North Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East. His most famous book of travels is entitled "A Donation to those interested in the Curiosities of the Cities and Marvels of the Ways." >> Wikipedia
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Marco Polo was an Italian merchant, explorer, and writer, born in the Republic of Venice. His travels are recorded in "Livres des merveilles du monde", a book that described to Europeans the wealth and great size of China, its capital Peking, and other Asian cities and countries. Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. His book inspired Christopher Columbusand many other travellers. There is a substantial literature based on Polo's writings; he also influenced European cartography, leading to the introduction of the Fra Mauro map. >> Wikipedia
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