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Erikson was probably born in Iceland and grew up in Greenland. His father was Erik the Red, who had created colonies in Greenland. Eriksson is said to have visited North America long before anyone else in Europe did. According to Icelandic sagas (stories) he started a Viking settlement in Vinland. Many scholars think this was Newfoundland in Canada.
- "Leif Eriksson the Lucky". Encyclopædia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/335396/Leif-Eriksson-the-Lucky. Retrieved 6 March 2011.