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The Vikings: First Europeans On North America
     

The Vikings: First Europeans On North America

by Arthur G Milton
 
Archeologists excavating relics found at L'Anse Aux Meadows on the northern Newfoundland peninsula in 1968 proved beyond question that the first Europeans on North America had been Norwegian Vikings. The mighty Viking, Eirik the Red,discovered Greenland in 982 A.D.. In 1000 A.D., his son, Leiv Eiriksson led a crew of 35 viking warriors from Brattalid, Greenland down

Overview

Archeologists excavating relics found at L'Anse Aux Meadows on the northern Newfoundland peninsula in 1968 proved beyond question that the first Europeans on North America had been Norwegian Vikings. The mighty Viking, Eirik the Red,discovered Greenland in 982 A.D.. In 1000 A.D., his son, Leiv Eiriksson led a crew of 35 viking warriors from Brattalid, Greenland down the eastern coast of Baffin Island and Labrador to Newfoundland. Leiv would name this land Vinland (Newfoundland). He named the settlement built at L'Anse Aux Meadows, Leifsbudfir.

There were four recorded expeditions to Vinland following Leiv's return to Greenland. Members of each expedition kept their weapons close at hand especially when outside Leifsbudfir. The Sraelings (the Viking's name given to the Eskimos and native Indians) resembled men, but acted in a strange and suspicious way, often with deadly force. The Skraelings outnumbered the Vikings which eventually caused the Vikings withdrawal from Vinland.

The primary source of material for this concise book came from the Groenlendinga Saga, written 200 years after the events and later translated from the old Norse language.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015940244
Publisher:
The Electronic Book Company
Publication date:
11/04/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
373 KB

Meet the Author

My USAF assignment in 1954 was the Northeast Air Command in Newfoundland, Canada. Soon I was making monthly flights to bases that included three in Greenland that I later learned were in close proximity to Viking settlements. In 1968, archeologists proved that in 1000 A.D., Norwegian Vikings were the first Europeans to set foot on North America. They established the first Viking settlement on the northernmost Newfoundland peninsula. As a civilian writer, I have traveled thousands of miles in the Western Hemisphere and Europe to validate the accuracy of my books.



I have traveled thousands of miles in United States, Canada and Europe. Detail is important to me and accuracy is a primary concern in all of my books, each meticulously researched.

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