The Norse Discovery of America


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The Viking and Norse exploration of the continent of North America remains one of the lesser-known episodes found in the famous Icelandic sagas, and this book is a masterful collection of these adventures. Written and compiled by expert scholars and translated directly from the original Icelandic, the sagas showed that there were numerous Norse voyages of exploration— and settlements—in North America more than 500 years before Columbus.

The meticulous research in this work also reveals that Columbus himself was aware of these Norse ventures, and that this knowledge provided many valuable details such as approximately how many days’ sailing he faced. The sagas also contain many other fascinating details, such as the name of the first Norse baby born in North America, interactions with the natives (Skraelings) and the location of their landing points and settlements. In addition, the sagas provide evidence of Norse settlers in the New World who stayed behind and were absorbed into the native population.

Book I: “Arguments and Proofs That Support the Claim of Norse Discovery of America” by Arthur M. Reeves. Book II: “Arguments and Evidences Respecting the Claim that America was Discovered by Norsemen About A.D. 1000, and Colonized About A.D. 1003 With Proofs Submitted as to Occupation of a Part Known as Great Ireland in the 11th Century” by North Ludlow Beamish. Book III: “The Norsemen in America” by Rasmus B. Anderson. Completely reset, with all the original illustrations and the complete text.

Softcover, 294 pages, #830.