What did Leif Erikson’s Viking settlers call their North American home? – 2017

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What did Leif Erikson’s Viking settlers call their North American home?

Vinland

Vinland, Vineland or Winland (Old Norse: Vínland) is the area of coastal North America explored by Norse Vikings, where Leif Erikson first landed in ca. 1000, approximately five centuries prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot.

Vinland was the name given to North America as far as it was explored by the Vikings, presumably including both Newfoundland and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as far as northeastern New Brunswick (where the eponymous grapevines are found).

The name “Vinland” reportedly means “Land of Wine” and comes from the grapes Erikson and his crew were said to have discovered. There has been some debate over where Vinland was actually located, with the most likely spot around modern Newfoundland. Source: Britannica, Mental Floss

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