Eric the Red: The Viking Adventurer (What's Their Story?) by Neil Grant

By Neil Grant

Eric the purple was once wild and hot-headed, even for a Viking. His fast mood used to be continually getting him into difficulty. yet he discovered quick find out how to lead, and in time grew to become an outstanding warrior and a fearless adventurer. He stumbled on a brand new land--Greenland--and based a brand new state.

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They had found Bjarni’s land and sailed south along the coast until they came to a beautiful country, with large woods and wonderful grass. His men had built houses and spent the winter there. It was so mild, there was hardly any frost. Cattle could spend the whole year outside. ” GREENLAND BAFFIN LABRADOR VINLAND The country that Leif had discovered was North America. The remains of some houses built by Leif and his followers were discovered in the 1960s in northern Newfoundland, Canada, at a place called L’Anse aux Meadows.

Cattle could spend the whole year outside. ” GREENLAND BAFFIN LABRADOR VINLAND The country that Leif had discovered was North America. The remains of some houses built by Leif and his followers were discovered in the 1960s in northern Newfoundland, Canada, at a place called L’Anse aux Meadows. 29 30 E ric listened to Leif’s stories with great interest and perhaps some sadness, too. He knew he would never sail to Vinland. That winter, a sickness broke out among the Greenlanders. Many people died.

Many people died. Among them was Eric the Red. 31 Many Viking chiefs were great warriors, and some were great explorers. Eric was both of these things, and more besides. He was the discoverer of a new land, and he was the founder of a new nation: Greenland. Long after he was dead the poets of Iceland wrote about his great deeds. After Eric’s death, Leif became chief. He often visited Vinland but never settled there. Christopher Columbus, who sailed from Spain to America in 1492, would have been astonished to learn that other Europeans had visited his New World nearly 500 years before him.

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