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Ericsson Leif was born 980 AD Icelandic explorer thought to have been one of the first Europeans to set foot on North American soil He was the second son of Eric the Red who in about 985 established the first European settlement on Greenland after he was exiled from Iceland Leif a sailor like Eric the Red voyaged from Greenland where he was living with living with his father to Norway the homeland of his family shortly before 1000 There according to one tradition King Olaf I was responsible for converting him to win its Viking settlers over to the Christian faith Journeying westward Leif lost his way and happened upon the North American shore Another more reliable source however states that an Icelandic trader named Bjarni Herjolfsson was the first to sight land in North America Leif later bought Bjarnis ship and based on his description retraced the voyage As he sailed he sailed he touched Helluland perhaps Labrador and finally Vinland The precise identity of Vinland remains controversial among among scholars some say it is Newfoundland others Nova Scotia or even New a Viking-type settlement at LAnse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland which correspond to Leifs description of Vinland On his return journey Leif came upon a wrecked trading related articles vessel whose crew he rescued for this deed he received the entire rich cargo and the nickname Leif the LuckyAfter he reached Greenland he carried out his commission to bring Christianity to the settlersOne of his converts was his mother Thjodhild who is said to have built Greenlands first Christian church at Brattahlid Leif Ericsson died in the year 1025 and
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