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Cathay Etymology – “China: Its History and Culture” – Morton, W. Scott

April 1st, 2011 · No Comments · China

Their (Manchurians) name, Khitan or Khitai, was used to represent China in Persian and Turkish and is still so used in Russian. It was thus that Marco Polo came to refer to China as Cathay, and it was some time before Europeans, who learned the name China from what they knew of southern maritime trade, discovered that Cathay and China were one and the same.

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