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Ibn Battuta : History Figure of the Month (June 2012)

Kicking off a new series of blog posts where, once a month, I designate the month in honour of a certain historical figure. Feel free to nominate a notable historical figure at the comment section below and the next month (July 2012) will be dedicated in his or her honour. As the title says, this month is dedicated to the adventure spirit of summer and I do not think anyone else manages to manifest it like Ibn Battuta, the 14th century world renown Morrocan traveler who journeyed for more than 75,000 miles, a record unbeaten until the time of the Steam Age.

Ibn Battuta traveled over a 30 year period, between 1325 and 1354 AD, through North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East. He is generally considered to have been one of the greatest travelers of all time.

Ibn Battuta was born in Tangier, Morocco on the 25th of February, 1304. He grew up a norma…