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Others, however, will opt for Oct. The biggest ship carrying Norwegian immigrants to the U. Signs of Scandinavian-American identity, such as an increase in English-language translations of the Norse sagas, began to grow. But interest in that history really spiked after the publication of the provocatively titled book America Not Discovered By Columbus by Rasmus B. Anderson, the founder of the Scandinavian studies program at the University of Wisconsin.
Leif Erikson monument in front of Reykjavik church, Iceland
Leif Erikson was the son of Erik the Red, founder of the first European settlement on what is now called Greenland. Around A. According to one school of thought, Erikson sailed off course on his way back to Greenland and landed on the North American continent, where he explored a region he called Vinland. He may also have sought out Vinland based on stories of an earlier voyage by an Icelandic trader. After spending the winter in Vinland, Leif sailed back to Greenland, and never returned to North American shores. He is generally believed to be the first European to reach the North American continent, nearly four centuries before Christopher Columbus arrived in On the way, he was believed to have stopped in the Hebrides, where he had a son, Thorgils, with Thorgunna, daughter of a local chief. In Norway, King Olaf I Tryggvason converted Erikson to Christianity , and a year later sent him back to Greenland with a commission to spread the faith among the settlers there.
Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover the New World! This commonly held belief is wrong. Leif Erikson was the first European to set foot in the New World, opening a new land rich with resources for the Vikings to explore.