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Eric the Red, A Scandinavian navigator, who emigrated to Ireland about 982, after which he discovered Greenland, where he planted a colony. He sent out an exploring party under his son Lief, about 1000, who seems to have discovered the continent of America, and landed somewhere on the shores of Massachusetts or the southern portion of New England.
Helluland. Leif, the Northman, in a voyage from Greenland to Vinland, about the year 1000, discovered a country covered with rocks, which he named Helluland, slate land, supposed to be Labrador or Newfoundland.
Tyrker, The German foster-father of Leif the Scandinavian, whom he accompanied in the expedition from Iceland to the land south of Greenland in the year 1000. While exploring the neighborhood Tyrker reported the discovery of vines loaded with grapes, which caused Leif to call the country Vinland.
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