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Faroe Islands postage stamp Discovery of America: Leif Erikson
1968 U.S. postage stamp

Leif Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse explorer.[1] He was possibly the first European to travel to North America.[1] Ericson was born in Iceland. His father was Erik the Red,[1] who had created colonies in Greenland. Erikson is said to have visited North America long before anyone else in Europe did.[1] According to Icelandic sagas (stories) the place he went to was Newfoundland in Canada. The Vikings called it Vinland. This theory is not supported by clear proof.