The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What circumstances caused Eirik the Red to leave Iceland?

Eirik the Red was sentenced with oulawry in Iceland after killing a man and then getting into a fight with another about bench-boards. Because of this he was banished and had to leave.

2. How did Eirik know to look for Greenland? What did he do when he found it?

Eirik knew to look for Greenland because someone else had seen land to the west when they were blown off course. When he found it he spent three years exploring it and making his home, then he returned to Iceland to bring people to settle there.

3. What do we know about the emigration from Iceland to Greenland?

We know little about the emigration from Iceland to Greenland except that twenty five ships left and only fourteen arrived. Some were driven back and some lost at sea. There is a list of personages who went with Eirik that took possession of land in Greenland.

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