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Leif Ericson Fact 1

Why was Leif Ericson famous and what part of America did he explore? He was a Northman and Viking, the son of Eric the Red who had founded a colony in Greenland. Leif Ericson is regarded as the first European to visit the New World.

Leif Ericson Fact 2He found many grape-vines and called it Vinland or Wineland
Leif Ericson Fact 3When was Leif Ericson born? He was born on c970
Leif Ericson Fact 4What was his country of origin and where was Leif Ericson born? He was born in Iceland but his ancestors came from Norway. His father had been banished from Norway
Leif Ericson Fact 5Leif Ericson made the journey to North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus was born
Leif Ericson Fact 6He established a colony in the land he called Vinland on the northern tip of Newfoundland
Leif Ericson Fact 7His father, Erik the Red, was a great explorer and founded the first Norse colonies in Greenland where Leif Ericson was raised
Leif Ericson Fact 8Leif Ericson had two sons called Thorgilsand Thorkell by a noble woman called Thorgunna.
Leif Ericson Fact 9The story and legend of Leif Ericson and his family has been passed down generations via the Viking sagas.
Leif Ericson Fact 10The Saga of Erik the Red and the Saga of the Greenlanders contain different accounts of the voyages to Vinland
Leif Ericson Fact 11Leif Ericson travelled to Norway in 999 and converted to Christianity
Leif Ericson Fact 12He was given the task of converting the people of Greenland to Christianity
Leif Ericson Fact 13Leif Ericson hard about new lands to the west and gathered a crew of 35 men to undertake a voyage of discovery.
Leif Ericson Fact 14His father, Erik the Red, planned to accompany Leif but Erik fell from his horse as it slipped on the wet rocks near the shore and was badly injured
Leif Ericson Fact 15The first place that he landed was believed to be Baffin Island.
Leif Ericson Fact 16His voyage of discovery continued and he landed in a densely forested land he called Markland - probably Labrador.
Leif Ericson Fact 17He then made a short journey to the place he called Vinland where he  established a small settlement
Leif Ericson Fact 18Archaeological evidence suggests that Vinland may have been the areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Leif Ericson Fact 19He returned to Greenland and fulfilled he promise to convert the inhabitants to Christianity
Leif Ericson Fact 20Leif Ericson died in Greenland in 1020
Leif Ericson Fact 21The story of the voyages and discoveries of Leif Ericson reached Europe and inspired later explorers to face the challenge of crossing the Atlantic in search of a 'New World'
Leif Ericson Fact 22President Calvin Coolidge made a speech to thousands of Americans that Leif Ericson had indeed been the first European to discover America
Leif Ericson Fact 23A Viking settlement was excavated at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland by archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad in the early 1960's

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