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Posted by:Oct 13th 2008, 03:33:42 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAnd so continues our annual celebration of Christopher Columbus' stopover in San Salvador, marking history as the Bahamas' first European tourist:

THE FIRST EUROPEANS

The first Europeans to arrive in North America — at least the first for whom there is solid evidence — were Norse, traveling west from Greenland, where Erik the Red had founded a settlement around the year 985. In 1001 his son Leif is thought to have explored the northeast coast of what is now Canada and spent at least one winter there.

While Norse sagas suggest that Viking sailors explored the Atlantic coast of North America down as far as the Bahamas, such claims remain unproven. In 1963, however, the ruins of some Norse houses dating from that era were discovered at L’Anse-aux-Meadows in northern Newfoundland, thus supporting at least some of the saga claims.

More at http://unitedstatesofamerica.com/chapter-one-v100/

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