The latest scientific evidence proves once and for all that the Vikings were the ones who discovered America and not Christopher Columbus.
The Vikings were a fierce and brutal lot. They spread terror throughout Europe in those ancient times during which they were extant. Yet, they probably hold the record in another matter about which we are not cognizant.
That is the discovery of America. Novel evidence points out the fact that these marauders may have landed near the New World almost half a millennium before Christopher Columbus bumped into it.
Proof of this can be found in the form of a Viking settlement in Newfoundland. It dates back to a period between 800 AD and 1300 AD. This is the second such site to be discovered in the North American continent, according to NYTimes.
It is conclusive proof of the fact that the Vikings were the first Europeans to visit the terra incognita of their times. The site is near Point Rosee in Southern Newfoundland.
It is 400 miles southwest of another Viking settlement. The latter was discovered in the 60s. The novel discovery though opens the door to further research into the lifestyle of the Vikings. It seems they had explored the New World more than was previously assumed by scientists and historians.
This evidence may lend us vital clues about the extensive peregrinations of the Vikings. These brave and intrepid warriors of the high seas had ventured forth into areas where no one else had ever dared to go.
Point Rosee may well have opened a Pandora’s Box as far as what our standard history textbooks tell our children regarding the discovery of America. Columbus didn’t get the first. He seems to have been beaten by a wide margin.
The Vikings used the sun and the stars as navigational markers to travel from one place to another. They were masters at the fine art of seafaring. The Vikings were supposed to have accidentally landed on American shores in 986 AD.
Leif Ericsson, upon hearing the inspirational tale of Bjarni Herjolfsson, travelled to America in 1002. He found the land rich with berries and grapes and named it Vinland as a result.
The Vikings settled there and many of their relics are to be found there even now. The artefacts recovered from the region lend an inside view into their way of life and folkways not to mention mores.
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Some further work is needed to conclusively prove that it was indeed the Vikings who discovered America.