Sunday, January 10, 2016

Viking presence in North America

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Viking presence in North America
Few historians doubt today that fundasen Viking settlements in Newfoundland (Canada) 500 years before Columbus avistase America. As has happened on many occasions with the great geographical discoveries, this was caused by a combination of luck and destiny. Bjarni was a young merchant Herjolffsson Viking  Icelandic origin who had spent the winter campaign of 985-986 years in Norway. With the arrival of summer he sailed to Iceland with his boat fully loaded, ready to meet his father. When he arrived, he learned that his father had sold their properties in Iceland before heading to Greenland. Determined to follow, undertook a journey in their search after the crew of his ship ready will shew to accompany him on this adventure to land Arctic.

After several days at sea, they were surrounded by a dense fog that made ​​them lose their way. When the sky cleared, they saw on the horizon the gently hilly and forested profile of an unknown land. Bjarni and his men did not know where they were, but they were all clear that this coast was not of the frozen landscape of Greenland. For several days they sailed parallel to shore without actually landing. Driven by strong winds, the boat  reached a rugged region dominated by large glaciers. From there, Bjarni gave the order to bow to the east and in just four days of fast navigation they came to Greenland, where they finally felt safe.

Bjarni trip was discussed by his contemporaries, some of whom criticized his fearful attitude by not daring to disembark in that unknown land. But we should remember that the young Viking was a merchant and not a scout . The account of his voyage sparked the adventurous spirit of the Vikings, eager to reach those regions located west. It was not long until he tried again. Refers to Article landing in Vinland, Jose Luis Hernandez Garvi. More information on the subject in the latest issue Very History, dedicated to Vikings. The invaders who came from the cold.

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