- NAME: Leif Eriksson
- OCCUPATION: Explorer
- BIRTH DATE: c. 1001
- DEATH DATE: c. 1100
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Norway
- AKA: Leif Eriksson
- Nickname: The Lucky Norwegian
- AKA: Leiv Eriksson den Hepne
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Icelandic explorer Leif Eriksson, the second son of Erik the Red, was possibly the first European to reach North America.
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The second son of Erik the Red, Leif Eriksson was on his way back from Norway to Greenland, where he had been sent to Christianize the natives, when he sailed off course and landed probably at Nova Scotia, which he called Vinland. This account comes from the Icelandic Eiríks saga. Another account, the Groenlendinga saga, says he learned of Vinland from a man who had been there 14 years earlier.
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