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Erik the Red Explained

Erik the Red at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Founder of the first European settlement on Greenland (c.986) and father of Leif Eriksson. A native of Norway, Erik grew up in Iceland; exiled for manslaughter c.980, he set sail and landed on Greenland. With 350 colonists he founded a colony that numbered about 1,000 settlers by 1000 AD. In 1002 the colony was ravaged by sickness, and it gradually died out, though other Norse settlements in Greenland continued. Erik's story is told in the Icelandic Eirí ks saga.