Feb 25, 2012

Ibn Battuta Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates the 708th birthday of Ibn Battuta with six Doodles.

Top 5 facts about Ibn Battuta:

1. He was born on February 25, 1304.

2. Ibn Battuta was was a Muslim Berber Moroccan explorer, known for his extensive travels published in the Rihla ("The Journey").

3. Over a period of thirty years, he visited most of the known Islamic world, including North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance surpassing his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time.

4. He journeyed more than 75,000 miles (121,000 km), a figure unsurpassed by any individual explorer until the coming of the Steam Age some 450 years later.

5. Ibn Battuta died in 1368 or 1369.

via Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, websonicnl

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