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Vikings reach America

 
   
 
The Vikings discovered America about the year 1000, more than four centuries before Christopher Columbus was born. They were sea adventurers from Scandinavia who left their homes in search of conquest and plunder. Information about the Viking discoveries comes from two sagas, or narrative ballads, the Saga of Eric the Red and the Saga of the Greenlanders. These differ considerably, but it seems possible that Bjarni Herjolfsson discovered North America in 986, when driven off course on a voyage from Iceland to Greenland. About 1000, Leif Ericsson sailed west from Greenland and gave the names Helluland, Markland and Vinland to sections of the American coast as he moved south. The so-called Vinland Map, discovered and published in 1965, dates from 1431-1449 and supports the theory that Bjarni Herjolfsson originally discovered America. In 1961, a Viking-style settlement was discovered at L’Anse au Meadow, Newfoundland. The Vinl and Map itself is now held by some experts to be a clever fake.

 
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