When did Erik the Red discover America?
Around the year 1000 A.D., the Viking explorer Leif Erikson, son of Erik the Red, sailed to a place he called “Vinland,” in what is now the Canadian province of Newfoundland. Erikson and his crew didn’t stay long — only a few years — before returning to Greenland.
Did Erik the Red discover Vinland?
According to both the Saga of Erik the Red, and Olaf Tryggvason’s Saga as found in Heimskringla, after Leif’s conversion, the king then commissioned him to return to Greenland to convert the settlers there. During the journey, he was blown off course and discovered Vinland before finding his way to Greenland.
What did Leif Erikson discover?
He is generally believed to be the first European to reach the North American continent, nearly four centuries before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492.