Science: Old Norse

Some 500 years before Columbus discovered the West Indies, a Viking warrior* or Norse tradesman, equipped with his sword, shield and ax, took ship with his companions, set sail westward across the North Atlantic. They probably made land, avoiding icebergs, at southwestern Greenland, which had been discovered by Gunnbjorn and settled in 985-86 A.D, by Eric the Red.

The Norseman may have stayed in Greenland for a few weeks or several years. Eventually he embarked again, sailed westward through Hudson Strait into Hudson Bay, whose waters his party found teeming with cod and...

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