Vinland, Our Home in North America

by Norman Descendants August 11, 2017

Vinland, Our Home in North America

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

The Norse Vikings were adept explorers and continued on passed Iceland reaching Greenland and Canada. The Viking Settlement Vinland was the name given by the Icelandic Leif Erikson and was the name used to describe North America. It is mentioned by some researchers that the early Normans were possible among those Viking explorers that reached North America. Either way, the Normans did establish themselves later on while settling New France.

L'anse Aux Meadows
L'anse Aux Meadows

 

A thousand years later archaeologists discovered evidence of the Norse settlement by following the sagas description in an area called L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. It sits against bogs, rugged cliffs, and coastline. It is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.

The Vikings have gone deeper into Canada following the Saint Lawrence river. As suggested by Donald Wiedman.

"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."





Norman Descendants
Norman Descendants

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Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors lead by Rollo of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Germanic Franks and Romanised Gauls. Their identity emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and gradually evolved over succeeding centuries.



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