Was Christopher Columbus the first European to reach the American continents? His expedition was certainly well-documented, but it wasn’t the first. Around 1000 A.D., almost five hundred years before Columbus landed in the West Indies, Leif Erikson, a Viking explorer, landed on Canada’s eastern shore.
Questions and Answers
Question: How do we know about Leif Erikson’s adventures?
Answer: We know about his trip from two Viking sagas, or epic stories, which have been recorded and handed down over the centuries. These accounts differ somewhat so archeologists aren’t sure exactly what happened. Scientists have discovered a site in Newfoundland which they believe to be the Viking settlement.
Visit UNESCO to see photos of the Viking settlement remains.
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