Happy Leif Erickson Day!

Every year on October 9th, Leif Erikson Day gives recognition to the first European to set foot on North American soil.

Around 1002 A.D., Leif Erikson sailed to North America from his home in Greenland. He went in search of a land seen (but not visited) by a Norse Sea Captain. During the voyage, he landed in a number of places. The landings were never documented in a map. It is believed he landed along the coast of New Foundland, and perhaps as far south as near Cape Cod. Erikson and his men spent the long winter in North America, building a large house for lodging and a shed to shelter the boat. Leif Erikson never returned to further explore North America. A number of explorers, including his brother, traveled to North America.
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Vikings: Life and Legend

The first major exhibition on Vikings at the British Museum in more than 30 years recently came to a close. The exhibit, “Vikings: Life and Legend,” featured many new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen before in the UK alongside important Viking Age artifacts from the British Museum’s own collection and elsewhere in Britain and Ireland.
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