Leiv Erikson is a Norwegian record breaker.He was the first white man
who discovered America.Many europeans mean that Columbus was the first,
but we Norwegians are so patriotic that we insist on that Erikson was the
Leiv Erikson was born at Iceland in 973.He was very wild and curious
as a child, and he was close to death because many times because of his be-
haviour.His father was called Eirik Raude and he was very wild, too.
He had to escape from Norway, because he had killed a man in a single com-
bat.Therefore, he went to Iceland, where he now was threatened by a man
whose relative had been killed by Eirik.Because of that, he looked for
another place to live.
In 982 Eirik and his family had to go somewhere.He was banished from
Iceland, and he decided to go towards west.He hoped to find a land
where he could live, and he discovered Greenland.At that time, Greenland
was actually green.That means, it was much warmer then.
Later, in 986 Leiv heard about a man who had seen some rocks west of
Greenland.This was Newfoundland, but no-one knew about that then.Leiv was
curious about these rocks, and he wondered if this could be an undiscover-
Much later, Leiv sailed to Norway, where he was christened and he got
a new life philosophy.He meant that people shouldn’t kill each other, but
rather do good things.Afterwards, he went back to Greenland, and from
there he sailed to America.
After Leiv and his men had been sailing for five days, they detect-
ed land.The place thay came to was almost without life.It was just grey
sand and tundra.Then they sailed to the south, and here it was pretty
warm, so it seemed very strange to the vikings.But among the men who
were with Leiv, there were also German slaves, and these discovered the
grape plant, which they recognized from Germany.In Vinland, which Leiv
called America,there were a lot of things which the vikings never had seen
before for example; grapes, huge trees, deers, wolfs and strange birds.
After a winter in Vinland, Leiv and his men sailed back to Greenland
where they were heartly receipt by Leiv`s family and friends.A lot of vik-
ings tried to settle down in Vinland, but they met a new thing which Leiv
Erikson and his men and never had met;the Indians.The Indians always
attacked the white men who had planned to settle down.
The Vinland became
never a Norwegian colony,but Leiv Erikson got the honour of discovering
America.He died at Greenland in 1020.