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Leif Erikson was the first European to set foot in the New World opening a new land rich with resources for the Vikings to explore But for some unknown reason the Vikings only made a few voyages to the New World after Leif Unfortunately this caused his discovery to remain unknown to nearly all of Europe which was in the midst of the Crusades Here will be discussed Leifs life before his voyage growing up in Iceland living in Greenland and his first voyage His voyage to the New World and his stay there will also be discussed him Thyrker taught Leif everything he needed to know including reading and writing runes the Celtic and Russian tongue and the ways of trade Leif was also taught the old sagas plant studies and the use of weapons When Leif was not learning he and his friends would watch the ships come into the harbor then he would listen to the tales of the sailors At twelve Leif was considered a man and traveled back to his fathers house Erics house had grown since Leif had left The herds had multiplied and there were new houses and more slaves The spring after Leif arrived Eric was summoned to a Thingvellir or lawmaking assembly Eric took Leif along with him to the Thing The next day among the crowds Eric met a man who he was feuding with They started to fight and Eric killed the other man Because of this the Thing council banished Eric from Iceland for three years Eric not being able to go to Norway he had previously banished from there too decided to investigate rumors of lands to the west So Eric took his wife and kids some slaves and ample supplies and traveled west A few days later they landed on a new land which he named Greenland and started to build a camp It was on this voyage that Leif
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