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VikingsThe vikings were a very influential force in ancient history The vikings are seen as excellent navigators and warriors but despite this great accomplishment they were incapable of founding a strong state outside of their homeland Scandinavia Most would think that any culture that had such complementary strengths would be able to form a strong state but this was not the case for the vikings because of many different factors Those factors being the centralized monarchies in Scandinavia advancing civilization of Scandinavians the adoption of christianity loss of the viking culture and identity and finally the Scandinavians were too few for their conquests Scandinavia is a vast area that is almost twelve hundred miles in length Scandinavia was comprised of three distinct areas Norway Denmark and Sweden The fjords of Norway Swedens network of streams and lakes and Denmarks 500 islands had influenced the inhabitants of Scandinavia to take to the sea to find new land because the fertile land in Scandinavia was quickly being used up The age of the vikings began at 800 AD and ended at 1050 AD The vikings found Western Europe by sailing across the North Sea in very unstable ships Their ships were still very unstable because they were only designed to sail around the coast of Scandinavia As Scandinavians moved farther away from the coast for new conquests their technology in seamanship increased greatly As the ninth century dawned Swedes Danes and Norwegians swept out of Scandinavia in search of wealth and glory Vikings were fierce warriors because of their sheer savagery and lust for wealth but they also were very accomplished traders They traded furs and slaves for luxuries from the southern and eastern areas In the west Danes and Norwegians probed all islands and inlets and streams from the North Sea to Spain in search of wealth and trade goods Viking fleets managed to harass London Bridge Paris and burned mosques in Andalusia and took slaves
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