Leif Erikson Day

October 9, 2013 by  

Leif Erikson Day, Leif Erikson Day is celebrated each year in memory of the life of Leif Erikson who was actually the first European to discover North America more than a millennium ago.

Celebrated each year on Oct. 9, Leif Erikson Day commemorates this day in 1825 when the ship Restauration landed in New York City after sailing for three months from Stavenger, Norway.

Erikson arrived to Canada nearly 500 years ahead of Christopher Columbus, who is often credited with having discovered America first.

It is believed that Erikson may have visited Baffin Island and Labrador before settling on the Northern part of the island of Newfoundland- now all a part of Canada. There are also speculations that he may have visited what is now Minnesota in the U.S., and controversial archaeological finds such as the Kensington Runestone support this theory, but it remains unproven.

In years past, U.S. presidents including Barack Obama have publicly praised the spirit of exploration and the contributions of people with a Nordic background and their culture.

Back in 2010, Obama recounted Erikson’s contribution to the world, as we know it today.

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