newstorian christine priest born in the mongol capital , whom the Mongols sent to the Pope to form an alliance against the Muslims. He was received well in Rome, but failed to gain support. A few years after this attempt, the Ilkhan converted to Islam, destroying any chance of alliance.
John of Montecorvino
most active Roman catholic missionary in China, translated the new testament and the book of psalms into TUrkish language.
emperor of China but came from a very poor family and spend most of his life as a begger. Because of his size he joined the military and made his way up to become an emperor or the Ming Dynasty
A Muslim, entrusted by the Ming emperor Yongle with a series of state voyages that took his gigantic ships through the Indian Ocean, from Southeast Asia to Africa.
Portuguese explorer who in 1488 led the first expedition to sail around the southern tip of Africa from the Atlantic and sight the Indian Ocean. (p. 428)
Vasco da Gama
Portuguese explorer. In 1497-1498 he led the first naval expedition from Europe to sail to India, opening an important commercial sea route. (p. 428)
Italian navigator who discovered the New World in the service of Spain while looking for a route to China (1451-1506)
Islamic mystics who placed more emphasis on emotion and devotion than on strict adherence to rules
Little Ice Age
for 500 years the world's temperature were coolerand agriculture development declined
a disease spead by trade and exploration and killed 10 million people in China, 25% of Euoprean population