Definitions for vinlandˈvɪn lənd
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a region in E North America variously identified as a place between Newfoundland and Virginia: visited and described by Norsemen ab. a .d . 1000.
Category: Geography (places)
The name given by the Icelandic Norseman Leifur Eiru00EDksson to the portion of North America in modern-day Newfoundland, Canada when he arrived there circa 1000 AD.
Vinland was the name given to an area of North America by Norse Vikings. Archaeology has given support to the long-held theory that old Norse sagas show Vikings reached North America approximately five centuries prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1492. In 1960 archaeological evidence of the only known Norse settlement in North America was found at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland. This proved conclusively the Vikings' pre-Columbian discovery of North America. Recent archaeological studies suggest that this site is not the Vinland of the Norse accounts in its entirety but was the entrance to a larger region called Vinland by the Norse. Before the archaeologists made their discoveries Vinland was the subject of many stories, legends and fantasies which date to about 1300AD. The legends have been analyzed to explore how medieval people conceptualized their world.