LEIF ERIKSSON DID NOT DISCOVER AMEERICA BJARNI HERJOLFSSON DID!
Christopher Columbus did not discover America.
Even Leif Eriksson did not discover America.
No, it was a Viking who lacked curiosity as strange as that may seem.
Bjarni Herjolfsson, a Norwegian explorer was the first known Viking to discover the mainland of America in 986.
Bjarni's father was Bardi Herjolfsson who lived in Iceland. Barjani lived in Norway but visited his father every summer.
In 986 he sailed with his crew to visit his father. But his father was not there. He had sailed with Eric the Red to Greenland.
Barjani and his crew set off to find him. On his way to Greenland a fierce Atlantic storm buffeted his ship for days. They were blown off course. He had no idea where he was. Barjani was lost at sea.
Once the weather cleared he saw a piece of land. But it was not Greenland. It had no mountains or glaciers as Greenland did.
The land he saw was covered with small hills and forests.
Barjani did not know it, but he had crossed the Atlantic and sailed to what is not known as Canada. The fist Viking to discover America.
The land looked hospital and his crew begged him to stop and go ashore. He refused and returned to Greenland.
He reported his findings both in Greenland and Norway. He was slandered by the other Vikings for lacking courage and curiosity in not going ashore.
There is a page from the Flateyjarbok Norse Sage that describes Bjarni's journey.
Leif Eriksson questioned Barjani very carefully and even bought his dragon ship to make his own voyage to America.
Leif Eriksson became the first European to set foot in the Americas and stake his claim.
Leif and his 35 man crew founded the Viking settlement at L'Anse Aux Meadows on the mainland of America. 1000 AD.
Bjarni was the first Viking who did not discover America. He could have Been the most famous explorer in history if he had only gotten out of the boat.
Ragnar Storyteller (AKA Ellis Peterson is a Korean War Vet living with his wife Lory and dog Dixie in the boonies of the Pocono Mountains. He is a retired math professor and electronics engineer. He is the inventor of the simple radionics device called “The Nordic Ond Orgone Generator”. He has written over 200 articles and booklets on runes, radionics, quantum physics, viking history, orgone generators and alternate healing methods. You can see more of his works on his websites:
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