THE FIRST EUROPEANS SEEKING
A BETTER LIFE IN A BETTER LAND AMERICA
By Lars-Ole Mortensen
Scandinavians, thrust out to sea by the inhospitable nature of their rugged peninsula, became the greatest voyagers of the Dark Age. In the 9th century, the Scandinavians pushed the Irish out of Iceland and made that island their base for voyages to Greenland.
Eric the Red founded Brattahlid on Western Coast of Greenland around the tenth century. Leif Ericsson, also named Leif the Lucky, who as we know was the son of Eric the Red landed on the shores of the North American continent. Leif Ericsson named the country Wineland the Good.
In 1012 A.D. a colony was founded by Thorfinn Karlsefni at this same place where we now called Vinland or New Foundland. The land was fertile to raise cattle. The soil was rich to grow crops. The Viking colony tried to exist for some years, but the inhospitable native americans living in the area made it difficult. The site chosen as the first Viking colony was accessible to travel by their long boats, since was close to the Saint Laurence River. However, the constant experiences with the "Skrellings" as the Norwegian Vikings called them was too much for them to continue a safe and peaceful life. So the colonists left, but there were more voyages to this new world. Some scholars believe several hundred more times, these Norwegian Vikings returned and made their presence known. They harvested the ever valuable and useful timber for their boats. There have been mentions in the written sagas that there was a significant trade in timber to other nations. With these return trips to North America, there have been discoveries centuries later of rune stone tablets all over the Northeast and Southeast of the American continent. This is enough proof to show Vikings were curious to explore the new lands. Norwegian Vikings were the first wanders looking
for a B E T T E R life for themselves and their people.
I wrote this article for all the wandering and working people of America looking for a better place to be and a better place to work. I always had this thought of wonder of what was on the other side of the mountain or around the corner. I hope you enjoy my new blog about travel and working in new places. Please email me your comment...firstname.lastname@example.org
* Lars Ole Mortensen *