Leif Eriksson or Ericsson, Erickson, and Ericksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse explorer. He was possibly the first European to travel to North America. Erikson was born in Iceland. His father was Erik the Red, who had created colonies in Greenland. Erikson is said to have visited North America long before anyone else in Europe did. According to Icelandic sagas (stories) he started a Viking settlement in Vinland. Many scholars think this was Newfoundland in Canada.
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- "Leif Eriksson the Lucky". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 6 March 2011.