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Harvard Classics

July 10 – Leif Ericsson: The Voyages To Vinland

America’s First Immigrants
The shadow of a phantom cast upon the cradle of Snorri, the first white child born in America, was a warning of an Indian attack on the settlement of courageous Norsemen who had risked the terrors of unknown seas to visit “Wineland.”
Read from THE VOYAGES TO VINLAND Vol. 43pp. 14-20

It is unwise to represent the story or growth of this nation [The United States] by the summary of any one scholar.  The alternative has been to place before the reader a selection of the most important documents which record in contemporary terms the great events in the history of this country.

Leif Ericsson – “Saga of Eric the Red”

Leif Erikson, Leiv Eiriksson or Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He is thought to have been the first European to have set foot on continental North America, approximately half a millennium before Christopher Columbus.

Eric the Red’s children: Leif, Thorvald, Thorstein, Freydis

Vinland (Wineland) - North America

Skræling (Old Norse and Icelandic: skrælingi, plural skrælingjar) is the name the Norse Greenlanders used for the peoples they encountered in North America (Canada and Greenland).

Keel, in shipbuilding, the main structural member and backbone of a ship or boat, running longitudinally along the centre of the bottom of the hull from stem to stern. … Traditionally it constituted the principal member to which the ribs were attached on each side and to which the stem and sternpost were also attached.

flense
/flens/
verb
past tense: flensed; past participle: flensed
slice the skin or fat from (a carcass, especially that of a whale).
“I flensed and butchered the whale”
strip (skin or fat) from a carcass.
“the skin had been flensed off”

Snorri Thorfinnsson probably born between 1004 and 1013, and died c. 1090 was the son of explorers Þorfinnur Karlsefni and Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir. He is considered to be the first white child to be born in the Americas, apart from Greenland. He became an important figure in the Christianisation of Iceland.

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