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Leif Ericson monument in front of Reykjavik church, Iceland
Leif Ericson (ca. 970 – ca. 1020) is regarded as the first European to land in North America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.