- NAME: Erik the Red
- OCCUPATION: Explorer
- DEATH DATE: 1000 BCE
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Norway
- PLACE OF DEATH: Norway
- Originally: Erik Thorvaldson
Best Known For
Erik the Red was the founder of the first European settlement on Greenland ( 986) and the father of Leif Eriksson, one of the first Europeans to reach North America.
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As a child, Erik the Red left his native Norway for western Iceland with his father. When Erik was exiled from Iceland about 980, he decided to explore the land to the west (Greenland). He sailed in 982 but was unable to approach the coast because of drift ice. The party rounded the tip of Greenland and settled in an area near Julianehåb. Erik returned to Iceland in 986 and formed a colony.
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