Leif Erikson

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Faroe Islands postage stamp Discovery of America: Leif Erikson
1968 U.S. postage stamp

Leif Eriksson or Ericsson, Erickson, and Ericksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse explorer.[1] He was possibly the first European to travel to North America.[1] Erikson was born in Iceland. His father was Erik the Red,[1] who had created colonies in Greenland. Erikson is said to have visited North America long before anyone else in Europe did.[1] According to Icelandic sagas (stories) he started a Viking settlement in Vinland. Many scholars think this was Newfoundland in Canada.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Leif Eriksson the Lucky". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 6 March 2011.