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Children's LiteratureWriter Glaser tells the story of Scandinavia explorer Leif Eriksson who led a group of men to the shores of North America. Born about the year 980, he was the son of Erik the Red, a Viking leader who was always getting into trouble. Erik had a desire to explore and he left his home in Iceland sailing west. He returned home to tell his people about a new land he called Greenland. In 986 he moved his family to Greenland with about 400 other settlers. Leif grew up wanting to explore just like his father. When Greenland began to get crowded due to an increased population, Leif went off to find more land. He sailed until he came to North America, which he named Vinland because of the wild grapes growing there. He returned to Greenland with the intention of starting a colony in Vinland, but instead Leif became the leader of Greenland after his father became ill. Other Vikings left to form colonies in Vinland, but Leif stayed in Greenland, married and had several children. Viking colonies grew along the shores of Vinland until 1100, but eventually, the settlers of Vinland disappeared. Years later, the Greenland settlers were also gone. Either the settlers starved, died-off or left. The location of Vinland is still a mystery. Some old house foundations have been found at a site in Newfoundland, Canada, but it is still uncertain whether these were the homes of the Vinland settlers. Leif Eriksson is remembered as the first European to visit North America. Color illustrations, maps, fast facts, timeline, glossary, Internet sites and further reading are included in the book. This biography is part of the "Fact Finder" series published by Capstone Press. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Della A. Yannuzzi