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Leif Erikson Day

Date When Celebrated : Always October 9 th

Leif Erikson Day gives recognition to the first European to set foot on North American soil. There is no dispute of this event in an of the history books. Historians have been able to put this together based upon records at the time. However, Leif Erikson made no maps of his journey. And, physical evidence of his travels are lacking.

How's that Spelled!?: In some writings, his first name is spelled Leif, Leifur or Leiv. His last name is sometimes spelled as Erikson, Ericson, Ericsson, or Ericksson.

Around 1002 A.D., Leif Erikson sailed to North America from his home in Greenland. He went in search of a land seen(but not visited) by a Norse Sea Captain. During the voyage, he landed in a number of places. The landings were never documented in a map. It is believed he landed along the coast of New Foundland, and perhaps as far south as near Cape Cod. Erikson and his men spent the winter in North America. They built a large house for lodging , and a shed to shelter the boat over the long winter.

Leif Erikson never returned to further explore North America. A number of explorers, including his brother, travelled to North America. His brother was killed by Indians.

In 1964, a joint resolution of Congress declared October 9th as Leif Erikson Day.


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