Icelandic Trader Was First to Find North America

Bjarni Herjolffson, a Icelandic trader first sighted North America during his travels between Iceland and Greenland in 986 CE. According to the Groenlendinga saga Tale of the Greenlanders in the Flateyjarbok (Songbook), collection of Icelandic sagas and tales dating back to the 13th century Herjolffson’s ship was blown off course by a storm where his men found an unknown tree-covered land, that went uninvestigated. The tale inspired Leif Eriksson to undertake an exploration voyage years later.

      986 CE
      Bjarni Herjolffson

Additional Information:

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  • Bjarni Herjólfsson – Wikipedia
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  • Saga of the Greenlanders – Wikipedia
    Grœnlendinga saga ( About this sound listen (help·info)) (spelled Grænlendinga saga in … Erik the Red emigrated from Norway to Iceland with his father, Thorvald Asvaldsson … A man named Bjarni Herjolfsson has the custom of spending alternate winters in … The description of Bjarni’s voyage is unique to Greenland saga.
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