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In the year AD 789 three strange ships arrived at Portland on the southern coast of England and Beaduheard the reeve of the King of Wessex rode out to meet them He took with him only a small group of men under the mistaken impression that the strangers were tradersand they killed him This was the first reported documentation of the Vikings The Vikings went on all over the known and unknown world claiming land as theirs and raiding many countries They discovered and settled Greenland and parts of modern Canada They conquered countries such as Ireland and England They also established Russia and cities such as Kiev and Dublin But behind the terror that they possessed the Vikings were civilized Many words in our language are derived from the Vikings they established one of the first democracies and they traded all around the world Even in modern times theirs a football team named after them and a comic strip all about a Viking named Hagar and his family To start off Ill talk about what they are most known for raiding Viking raids came by total surprise Using quick and maneuverable longships they would land ashore and go straight to the churches There they would kill whom they saw and steal the gold and goods Afterwards they would ravage the town for other goods Ironically later on the Vikings had to defend their own lands from raiders and pirates By raiding countries and lands the Vikings got recognition for being giants killers rapists and devil worshipers since they attacked churches Using this to their advantage they would take bribes goods money and land as long as they would promise not to attack For instance once they were offered 700 pounds of silver to spare Paris and another instance they were given the land of Normandy Probably the best reason for their great accomplishment in raiding is because of their boating The most famous
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