The Epic of the Vikings and Their Presence in America
Viking shipsPhoto: Getty Images / Halton Archive
The Vikings were the first Europeans to set foot on American soil 500 years ago, along with the terrifying warriors and fierce navigators, Christopher Columbus and Jack Cartier, who sailed the North Seas in the wake of deadly attacks. However, this expansion lasted only a short time. Interpretations by historian Maxim Durand, who oversaw the game Discovery Tour: Viking Age, By Ubisoft.
The Vikings did not represent a people; Instead they live in present-day Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland from 9e Up to 11e Century. Westerners, victims of their attacks, portray them in bad light and describe them as bloodthirsty savages wearing horned helmets.
⁇ They have a deep culture. They have a ronic script that allows them to convey numerous mythological and religious messages. ⁇
Viking ships were adorned with square sails, which allowed sailors to sail longer distances. They sailed in sight and thanks to their excellent naval knowledge. The Vikings of Sweden headed east, especially to Russia, west of Norway, i.e. to Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland.
Leaf Erickson, son of Eric the Red, who lives in Greenland, was looking for a vinland that could be Newfoundland. In 1000, he arrived with his army at L’Anse au Meadow in Newfoundland. The Vikings were in contact with the natives of the area.
⁇ The existence of the Vikings in North America is undeniable. ⁇
In closing, Maxim Durand explains why the Vikings’ stay in Newfoundland lasted so long and why they returned to Europe.