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Though you might have grown up hearing the phrase, “In fourteen hundred ninety-two; Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” he wasn’t the first European to discover the New World. According to an Icelandic legend called “Saga of the Greenlanders,” Leif Erikson got a tip from a Viking trader who claimed he accidentally sailed past Greenland and spotted westerly shores, but opted to turn back without setting foot on the land. After buying the trader’s ship and gathering a crew, Erikson retraced the route and discovered a new continent. – Erikson first saw a desolate, rocky landscape and named it “Helluland,” Norwegian for “Stone Slab Land.” The location is believed to be Canada’s Baffin Island. Oh yeah, and this all happened around 500 years before Columbus was born.


Though you might have grown up hearing the phrase, “In fourteen hundred ninety-two; Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” he wasn’t the first European to discover the New World. According to an Icelandic legend called “Saga of the Greenlanders,” Leif Erikson got a tip from a Viking trader who claimed he accidentally sailed past Greenland and spotted westerly shores, but opted to turn back without setting foot on the land. After buying the trader’s ship and gathering a crew, Erikson retraced the route and discovered a new continent. – Erikson first saw a desolate, rocky landscape and named it “Helluland,” Norwegian for “Stone Slab Land.” The location is believed to be Canada’s Baffin Island. Oh yeah, and this all happened around 500 years before Columbus was born.

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