October 9: Vacation In Vinland

Photo credits to Seth Knoop

Written by Matthew Mendez, Journalist

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October 9, 1000 C.E. The Icelandic Norseman, Leif Erikson, reaches the modern day island of Newfoundland. Labeling the Canadian island, Vinland, Erikson becomes the first known European to set foot upon the Americas. As winter approached the northern hemisphere, the norseman and his crew of thirty-five men constructed a small encampment, named Leifsbúðir by later visitors to the island. Strong evidence points to, L’Anse aux Meadows, an archaeological site in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as the remnants of Erikson’s encampment. Consecutive expeditions under the command of Thorvald Erikson and Thorfinn Karlsefni penetrated even deeper into the American continent, albeit returning to Greenland unsuccessful in establishing permanent settlements or acquiring goods of notable value. Not until the voyages of Christopher Columbus, would more Europeans set foot in the American continent.