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Leif Eriksson


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A PPT by me for a school report. I am alowing dowlaod, but please don't copy.

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Leif Eriksson

  1. 1. Leif Eriksson A Norse Viking explorer
  2. 2. Who was he? <ul><li>Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer who is currently know as the first European to land in North America (except for Greenland), nearly five hundred years before Christopher Columbus. It is said that Leif was born about AD 970 in Iceland, the son of Erik the Red, a Norse explorer from Western. Leif's mother’s name was Thjodhild. Erik the Red founded two Norse colonies in Greenland, the Western Settlement and the Eastern Settlement. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sadly (and quite obviously) he is dead… <ul><li>He lived 970 AD.–1020 AD. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover the New World! Columbus didn't reach the New World until 1492, 500 years after Leif Erikson's arrival in 1001 AD.   </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Did he contribute to us? <ul><li>As I said in the previous slide, he discovered America. Leif Erikson arrived in Greenland in 1001 AD. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Did you know? <ul><li>The type of longship that Vikings used were called Knorrs. There was also a vessel named The Knorr that was used to explore the sunken Titanic (not the longship Knorr, a real ship)! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Happy Leif Erikson day! <ul><li>In 1964 the United States authorized and requested the president to proclaim October 9 of each year as &quot;Leif Erikson Day&quot;. That date was chosen for its connection to the first immigration from Norway to the United States not for any event in the life of the explorer. The day is also an official observance of several U.S. states. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The end!
  9. 9. And Merry Christmas!