Leif Erikson was the son of Erik the Red, the explorer who discovered Greenland and Iceland, who also explored and settled in North America, calling it Vinland. Leif’s mother was a woman named Thjodhild, from Ireland. She accompanied Erik to Greenland where she married him there and bore Leif. When he was about three years old, she died and Erik remarried and had more children with his new wife Thorgunna, his first wife’s half-sister… What do you know about Leif Erikson?

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Leif Ericsson (c. 970 – c. 1020), also known as Leif Ericson, is widely considered to be one of Europe’s first explorers and pioneers. He led three expeditions to North America: at least two prior to his discovery of what he called Vinland (in present-day Newfoundland) and a third across the broader Atlantic Ocean.

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1. Born around 970AD in Iceland, in what is now known as The Settlement of Leifsbudir 2. Explorer and discoverer 3. Norse explorer, was actually born in Iceland, son of Eric an Uppsale 4. Journeyed to Norway and back 5. He sailed west from Greenland to North America 6. He was said to have sailed all way to a place called Vinland where he stayed for three years

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Leif Ericson’s father, Erik Thorvaldsson (Erik The Red), was banished from Norway for three years for killing a man. After spending three years in Iceland, he was given permission to return to Norway by King Olaf Tryggvason. Upon returning home, he realized that his family had been living in poverty without him and subsequently set out to find a better land for them. He found Greenland and named it Greenland because he said it looked very green there.

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