Welcome to In the Footsteps of Marco Polo
The Foundation for Historical Exploration is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the design and implementation of live talks and inspirational curricula activities based on historic expeditions that have been replicated in modern times.
Connecting young people to real life exploration motivates and inspires them with powerful learning tools that develop critical-thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills, the precise skills they’ll need as they enter the global workforce of the 21st century.
Explorer, Author and Photographer Denis Belliveau, Founder and CEO, currently presents a mix of assemblies, classroom visits and Explorer in Residence programs built around his extraordinary two-year adventure, “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.”
“An extraordinary initiative and travel experience. They set out to demonstrate that Marco Polo actually spent his 25 years in Asia and reported first-hand about all the wonders he had seen, and I think that after Francis’s and Denis’s experience few people could still have doubts in this regard.”
- Stefano Carboni, Curator of Islamic Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Our vision for this project was very focused,’ says Belliveau. ‘We wanted to see just how accurate Marco Polo’s words were.’” “So look they did. What they found was that nobody had ever followed and photographed Polo’s entire route from Venice to China and back…” - Photographic Magazine
MARCO POLOS TIMELINE
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“When they returned to Venice, they were given a hero’s welcome: a royal regatta of gondolas, a gala reception, a gallery showing of their photographs. There was an official poster commemorating their accomplishment, and the bells of St Mark’s were rung in their honor. Not only were they finally given access to Marco Polo’s will, they were allowed to sleep in the explorer’s home.”
- Biography Magazine