THE VIKING DISCOVERY OF AMERICA (II)

The Viking Bjarni (see the previous post) reached America, but didn’t go ashore. Back home, he spoke about what he had seen, making others eager to explore. One of them was Leif Eriksson (c. 970–1020), son of Erik the Red, whose explorations at sea were recorded in the Saga of the Greenlanders.


Leif reached North America in 1001 AD with 35 men. They spend the winter there and build large houses. When one of his men found grapes on the island, Leif named America "Vinland". We read: "Leif named the land for its natural features and called it Vinland."


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