This following collection of biographies provides detailed information about the voyages of three different explorers, including information about their motivation and how they inspired future generations of explorers. These men opened the door to a more interconnected world as the contacts they made helped to create connections between distant peoples and stimulate the growth of exchange networks and long-distance trade.
Ibn Battuta (left), Marco Polo (center), and Zheng He (right)


As you read the following three articles, think about the similarities and differences of each explorer and their travel experiences.