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The Sumatrans told Marco Polo that there was an island to the Southeast. Were they referring to Australia?

As you mentioned, Java is the next island to the Southeast of Sumatra. It is not larger than Sumatra in square miles, but even in Polo's day had the heaviest concentration of population in all of what ...
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The Sumatrans told Marco Polo that there was an island to the Southeast. Were they referring to Australia?

Marco Polo was travelling with a large and well armed Mongol diplomatic mission, with a Mongol Princess travelling to marry the Ilkhan in Iran. No doubt the leaders of the diplomatic mission would ...
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