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"Leif Landed First!" Celebrating Leif Erikson Day

By Sam Johnson

     Oct. 9th is officially proclaimed by mayors, governors, and even the president himself as “LEIF ERIKSON DAY!”
Leif Erikson Day honors a viking explorer known as Leif Erikson. He is believed to be the first recorded Nordic person to have visited the area that is now the United States. It is believed that he visited Baffin Island and Labrador around 1000 CE.
     Check out some of the links below for more information and additional resources related to Vikings in America and Leif Erikson Day.

RESOURCES: Vikings in America and Leif Erikson Day

"The Vikings: A Memorable Visit to America" (Smithsonian article)

"Norse Colonization of the Americas" (Wikipedia article)

EyeWitness to History Website: Leif Erikson

Past Presidential Proclamations of "Leif Erikson Day"
President Obama Proclaims "Official Leif Erikson Day"