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Great Epochs in American History, Vol. I

Voyages of Discovery and Early Explorations: 1000 A.D.-1682

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,749 / 169 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.2
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 901
Added to site: 2005.06.12
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Genre: History

Edited by Francis W. Halsey

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of the Icelandic sagas with some reservation, we learn that a wind-tossed vessel was thrown upon a coast far away, which was called Iceland the Great. Then, again, we read of a young Norwegian, Eric the Red, not apparently averse to a brawl, who killed his man in Norway and fled to Iceland, where he kept his dubious character; and again outraging the laws, he was sent into temporary banishment--this time in a ship which he fitted out for discovery; and so he sailed away in the direction of Gunnbiorn's land, and found it. He whiled away three years on its coast, and as soon as he was allowed, ventured back with the tidings. While, to propitiate intending settlers, he said he had been to Greenland, and so the land got a sunny name.

The next year, which seems to have been A.D. 985, he started on his return with 35 ships, but only fourteen of them reached the land. Whenever there was a habitable fiord, a settlement grew up, and the stream of immigrants was for a while constant and considerable. Just at the end

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