posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:55 AM
Like Punkin says, there's no doubt whatsoever that Columbus wasn't the first European to get there. The difference between Columbus and the Norsemen
(AFAIK), is the Norse didn't look around and shout, "Mine!" One of my favorite examples of human ego and futility is Captain Cook. He and his men
'discovered' Australia and rowed ashore. He stood on the beach of one of the largest land masses on Earth...stuck a flag in...and said, "Mine!"
OT, there's some persuasive evidence that Norsemen made sporadic forays across to Newfoundland from Greenland. Several sagas describe expeditions
across to N America with details about livestock and crews. For one reason or another, they weren't welcomed by the locals and were unable to
successfully colonize. The best evidence is an 11th century settlement discovered at L' Anse
Map of the site.
Recreation of a log and sod dwelling
Remains of a smithy where tools and other items could be repaired or
I've been reading about the Kensington Runestone for what seems like years. For all the evidence that it's genuine...there are valid doubts. From my
perspective, if it's genuine it won't alter my view of history in the slightest. US academics are debating the authenticity of a stone claimed to
show earlier populations than Columbus...yet, L'Anse aux the Meadows does brisk trade over the border. It's a bit like Cook and Australia...little
bit silly in scheme of things