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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 1 (search)
Northmen discovered north America. [about the year 860, a Danish sailor named Gardar was driven upon the shores of Iceland, after which that island was settled by a colony from Norway. About a hundred years later, Greenland was settled from IIceland; Eirek the red being the first to make the voyage. With him went one Heriulf, whose son Biarni had been in the habit of passing every other winter with his father, and then sailing on distant voyages. Then happened what follows.] That same summer (985 or 986) came Biarni with his ship to Eyrar (Iceland), in the spring of which his father had sailed from the island. These tidings seemed to Biarni weighty, and he would not unload his ship. Then asked his sailors i.e., his sailorfrost in the winter, and little did the grass fall off there. Day and night were more equal there than in Greenland or Iceland. . . . But when they had ended their house-building, then said Leif to his companions, Now let our company be divided in