Today in the Middle Ages: June 14, 1325

On June 14, 1325, Ibn Batuta left his native Tangier on pilgrimage to Mecca. He was not to return for 29 years.

Far surpassing Marco Polo, Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Batuta visited the rulers of every Muslim country of his time, as well as India, China, Baghdad and Constantinople. He traveled over 75,000 miles in his life and left an extensive journal of his experiences.