Vikings in North America
London-bound expert believes Vikings checked out Ontario
It turns out the modern-day residents of Atlantic Canada may not have been the first ones to head west in search of their fortune. According to a theory espoused by one expert, the Vikings before them decided to go down the road, as the saying goes for fleeing the East Coast for a better living.
“The Vikings didn’t stop at Newfoundland. They were first and foremost farmers looking for farmland,” said Donald Wiedman, who will address the annual meeting of the Canadian Archeological Association at the Hilton London on Saturday morning.
Wiedman believes the Norsemen of yore settled in Quebec near Laval, and sent expeditions as far into present-day Ontario as New Liskeard. He believes this happened for about 20 years starting in 968 AD.
Natually, Wiedman expects his findings to cause a stir. “Some of them are quite perturbed that I would come up with such a ludicrous idea,” he said of how his ideas have gone over in the past with archeologists.
But rather than approaching the historical record through an archeological prism, Wiedman has applied a literary reading to one ancient map in particular called the Vinland Map that is thought by some to be a fake.
It’s true, Wiedman admits, that any maps based on Norse exploration were not fashioned until hundreds of years after the fact. “It was an oral society. They did not write and they did not draw maps,” he said of the Vikings.
Wiedman said all he’s asking attendees of the conference to do is open their minds to the possibilities. He hopes to gain acceptance for his theory by pitching it at the event. “One of the things I’m good at is connecting the dots,” he said of his unorthodox methods.
Donald Wiedman’s theory:
Vikings didn’t stay on the East Coast
They eventually settled near Laval in Quebec
They stayed where there was rich farmland
From Quebec, they made forays as far west as New Liskeard, Ont.
All of this happened about 968 A.D.
Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/vikingsofvinland with permission.