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Leif Ericson
Birthplaceprobably Iceland
NationalityNorse/Icelandic (Norwegian descent)
Known for Discovering Vinland (Part of North America; possibly Newfoundland)
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Leif Ericson


Leif the Lucky (Leifr inn heppni Eiriksson). Born tenth century; died 11th century. Icelandic Viking, son of Eric the Red.

According to the Icelandic Tale of the Greenlanders, Leif Ericson crossed the Atlantic Ocean about the year 1000 and discovered the territories of Helluland, Markland, and Vinland, where he spent the winter. Historians identify Helluland with Baffin Island, Markland with Labrador or Newfoundland, and Vinland with Newfoundland, the Nova Scotia peninsula, or the coast of the Gulf of Maine.


Hennig, R. Nevedomye zemli, vol. 2. Moscow, 1961. (Translated from German.)
Ingstad, H. Po sledam Leiva Schastlivogo. Leningrad, 1969. (Translated from Norwegian.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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