A lot of people think that America was literally an untapped resource when Christopher Columbus set foot on one of the islands near the continent in 1492. But it was really the Vikings who first set foot on this great continent, centuries before, and if you don’t believe me, well then read this book!
The authors share a historical interest in the excavated Viking sites, making thorough observations of the site where the Vikings first landed, known as L’Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, and they have now conclusively solved the mystery of the first European settlement in North America. Presented with original names for people and places, The Viking History of America enlightens you with details you never knew, presenting questions you never thought to ask, as well as answering them, as well as explaining why a lot of things are the way they are in America today.
And if that’s not enough for you, then how else can you explain why the Native Americans already had a word for people who looked like Christopher Columbus; people who were called “white man”?
Originally published on May 13th 2002.
Originally published in the Long Beach Union.