Norsemen from Greenland and Iceland were the first Europeans to reach America, led by Leif Erikson around the year 1000. They founded a settlement in present-day Newfoundland, Canada, but didn’t […]The “Sloopers” Are Coming: 1825 October 9th / Happy Leif Erikson Day — Doggedly Yours… Howling, Humor, and History.
October 9th Leif Erikson Day — Unboxing the Bizarre™
Leif Erikson was a Viking, Norseman and the first person to set eyes on the North American soil. He sailed from Greenland, his home, and saw many different lands though it was not in his interest to land where their was nothing visible to be pillaged. It is known he set sail in 1002 A.D. and during this voyage he sailed by North America but did not set foot on land as he saw little of use to him. So Columbus still gets credit for landing, though over the years people have deemed that something they would rather forget. Congress created a resolution celebrating Leif Erikson Day in 1964. It makes you wonder who else might have discovered the America’s perhaps even before Erikson.
Saga of the West — David Coyle
‘Summer on the Greenland coast circa year 1000’ by Carl Rasmussen, 1875. When a Genoese mariner sailed west across the ‘Ocean Sea’ in search of Asia in 1492, he happened upon the Americas and claimed them for the Spanish Crown that had financed his voyage. Christopher Columbus’ return to Spain in 1493 laid the foundations for contact […]
Protect our Monuments and Heritage — Protect Newfoundland’s Heritage
(June 15th, 2020 – Tyler Thorne)
I am a true “bushborn” Newfoundlander, born and raised. My family came here over 200 years ago to escape the poverty of Great Britain, and have been putting their blood and sweat into the land and sea ever since. Like many Newfoundlanders I do not consider Canada to be my “country” or “homeland”. I have no real connection to the so called mainland. But I do feel a strong connection and love for this island, it’s people, history, and heritage. I never want to see it change…
But we are living in times of change, it is my belief these are not changes for the better. Year after year now, Newfoundlanders are told we should turn our backs on our heritage and birthrights. We are told to feel guilt instead of pride for our ancestry, and that is it a “privilege” to be white, even though as Richard Gwyn once wrote: “Newfoundlanders have suffered more and for longer than any other white people in North America” (1).
Newfoundlanders suffered greatly during the First World War, many of our young men died in horrible conditions, including my great uncle Walter Thorne. In the early 1920s, after the tragedy and the sacrifice Newfoundlanders experienced during the Great War, the Imperial War Graves Commission asked what symbol should be used on the memorial for Newfoundland in France. “Newfoundland’s High Commissioner in England, Sir Edgar Bowring, sought advice from the College of Arms in London. On 18 February 1925, the College confirmed that the Kirke coat of arms belonged to Newfoundland, and the government officially adopted it on 1 January 1928. It has remained in use ever since…” (2).
On July 16th, 2018 an article was released by the Telegram proclaiming the Liberals desire to change our coat of arms (3). The coat of arms of Newfoundland which was granted by King Charles I to Sir David Kirke in November of 1637, making it the second oldest Coat of Arms in use in the Canadian Confederation (383 years in November of 2020). Sir David Kirke served as the governor of Newfoundland from 1638 to 1651. Unfortunately our coat of arms went into disuse for over 200 years, nearly lost to the sands of time until its rediscovery.
What/ Who do you share with your special day? — Hofstra
What day and month is your birthday? Ms. King’s birthday is on October 9th. My birthday is the same day as, Leif Erikson Day! Some famous people that share my birthday is, John Lennon (he’s from The Beatles), Bella Hadid (model), and Cody Jones (YouTuber). Please look up your birthday and share at least one […]
HIDDEN HISTORY: Who Reached America First? Hint – Not Columbus… — RIELPOLITIK
Source – ancient-origins.net – “…It is well established that almost 500 years before Columbus set sail, a Viking named Leif (“the lucky”) Erikson visited, and temporarily colonized, a small village in Newfoundland , Canada. But the Norsemen may have been there even earlier. According to the Norse Graenlendinga Saga, Vikings first arrived in the New World in 986 AD […]
Happy Leif Erikson Day! — Boston Magazine
Break out the horned helmets, because your new favorite Viking-themed holiday is upon us.
It’s Leif Erikson Day—which to some, is only an obscure reference to Spongebob Squarepants. But it’s also a day that should remind the city of Boston of its fake Viking heritage, because there once was a guy who told everyone that Leif Erikson landed in Massachusetts.