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Where Did Erik The Red Die? [SOLVED!]

In 985, Erik the Red’s exile sentence had expired and he returned to Iceland. He convinced hundreds of people Greenland was a promising land and set sail with more than 40 ships and 400 men. Several ships had to turn back or were lost, but 14 arrived, and soon the pilgrims established two colonies, the Eastern Settlement (or Eystribyggð) and the Western Settlement (or Vestribyggð), with a number of small settlements between them 😉 Here, Erik the Red lived like a lord with his wife and four children, sons Leif, Thorvald, and Thorstein and daughter Freydis 🙌 The settlements are said to have survived a deadly epidemic but never grew to more than 2,500–5,000 people 🤓 All the colonies died around Columbus’ time 🙌 [1]
According to the Icelanders’ sagas, Erik left his native Norway for western Iceland with his father, Thorvald, who had been exiled for manslaughter. When Erik—who had been nicknamed “Erik the Red” during his youth because of his red hair—was similarly exiled from Iceland about 980, he decided to explore land to the west (Greenland). Leaving in about 982 from Snæfellsjökull, one of the westernmost points of Iceland, Erik and a small group of men reached land on the opposite shore of Greenland, a land that had been skirted by the Norwegian Gunnbjörn Ulfsson earlier in the 10th century. The party rounded the southern tip of Greenland and settled on an island at the mouth of Eriksfjord (now known as Tunulliarfik Fjord) near Qaqortoq (formerly Julianehåb). The party explored the east and north of Greenland for two years. They bestowed place-names all over (a method to establish personal control). Erik choose the inner area of Eriksfjord for his manor house, which he called Brattahlid (“Steep Slope”). The country was named Greenland by him in hopes that it would be a popular name and attract more settlers. This page was last modified on 38-days ago by Elektra Cates (Havana, Cuba). [2]
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Biography Early LifeErik THOLVARDSSON was born in Rogaland in Norway, in 950 CE. Thorvald Asvaldson was also known by the name Osvaldson. He was Thorvald’s son. Because of his beard and red hair, Erik would become Erik the Red. Erik, his father, fled Norway at the tender age of ten with him. He had had been exiled for having killed somebody. They settled in Dranga (Iceland). Around 860 CE, early Norseman settled Iceland. This was the time Erik arrived almost a hundred years later, much of the land was already claimed.1 After his father’s death, Erik married a woman named Thorhild who came from a wealthy family, and he inherited a large farm north of Dranga. Erikstad was his name for the home that he had built on land.2 He had also had Leif Eriksson who would go on to become an explorer and explorer. Evelyn Lopez, Lusaka (Zambia), October 21st 2020. [3]
Image #3 Erik explains how, after being exiled, he moved to Oxney, an island in the southern part of Iceland. Setstokkr, which are decorated beams with Viking symbols that have mystical significance for them, can be found in the form of ornamented beams. Erik gave Thorgest his setstokkr which his Norwegian father brought to him. After constructing his house, Erik tried to claim his setstokkr from Thorgest but he refused. Erik eventually got them, and Thorgest chased after him. There was a huge fight in which Erik slew several men including Thorgest’s two sons. Erik was sentenced to three years in exile due to manslaughter. We are grateful to Caralyn Reyna who shared this information with us. [4]
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In The Saga Of The Greenlanders Erik’s only daughter Freydís is described as a fearless and strong-willed woman who once by herself – and 8 months pregnant – saved her Viking companions when attacked by Native Americans. The Saga says that she’s doingoing so by banging on her chest with a sword – which made the attackers retreat. Another time, on the way to North America she persuades her husband to get rid of all the Viking men who were accompanying them. When they refuse to kill the women in the group, Freydís picks up an axe and slaughters all 5 by herself. This is a great story, and we thank Shakesha Hall very much for sharing it with us. [5]
Erik the Red, the founding father of the Greenland Norse Settlement was the original. Greenland, the area that he named was once home to Inuit. According to medieval and Icelandic saga sources, he was born as Eiríkr Þorvaldsson in Rogaland, Norway. Due to murder allegations, his father was exiled from Norway and the family moved to Hornstrandir (northwestern Iceland). Erik, who was later accused of murdering his father over the years, was sent to exile for three year. Then, forced to search for another place to settle, Erik set sail towards the west to discover a fertile country that could support colonization. Elated at his discovery, he travelled back to Iceland to inform his people about the “green land” he had had spotted on his expedition. His description of the area impressed the people and he was able to convince a number of others to go with him to his next expedition. He established colonies in Southern Greenland and became the first European colonist to do this. His son, Leif Eriksson, also grew up to be a famous explorer in his own right and took forward his father’s legacy by becoming one of the first Europeans to reach North America (last modified 4 days ago by Irvin Dolan from Jixi Heilongjiang, China) [6]

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