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Northmen In America (985-1015)

Northmen In America (985-1015)
Catalog # SKU3467
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Edmund F. Slafter
ISBN 10: 1610337859
ISBN 13: 9781610337854


Northmen In America

Discovery of America
by the Northmen

Edmund F. Slafter

On the 29th day of October, 1887, a statue erected to the memory of Leif, the son of Erik, the discoverer of America, was unveiled in the city of Boston, in the presence of a large assembly of citizens.

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The statue is of bronze, a little larger than life-size, and represents the explorer standing upon the prow of his ship, shading his eyes with his hand, and gazing towards the west. This monument suggests the subject to which I wish to call your attention, viz., the story of the discovery of this continent by the Scandinavians nearly nine hundred years ago.

I must here ask your indulgence for the statement of a few preliminary historical facts in order that we may have a clear understanding of this discovery.

About the middle of the ninth century, Harald Haarfager, or the fair-haired, came to the throne of Norway. He was a young and handsome prince, endowed with great energy of will and many personal attractions. It is related that he fell in love with a beautiful princess. His addresses were, however, coolly rejected with the declaration that when he became king of Norway in reality, and not merely in name, she would give him both her heart and her hand. This admonition was not disregarded by the young king. The thirty-one principalities into which Norway was at that time divided were in a few years subjugated, and the petty chieftains or princes who ruled over them became obedient to the royal authority.

60 pages - 5½ x 8½ softcover

ISBN-10: 1610337859
ISBN-13: 9781610337854

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