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Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download.Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more all for only .99...For the oldest written evidence of the discovery of Greenland and America by the Northmen, we are indebted to Adam, a canon of the Church of Bremen, who about 1067 went to Bremen, where he devoted himself very earnestly to the study of Norse history.Owing to the vigorous missionary activity of the Archbishop Adelbert of Bremen (1043-1072), this "Rome of the North" offered "the best field for such work, being the much frequented centre of the great northern missions, which were spread over Norway and Sweden, Iceland and Greenland".
It is quite significant that Vinland the Good is everywhere spoken of as a country universally known and needing no further explanation.
Adam's information concerning Vinland was no less trustworthy than his knowledge of Greenland.
According to him the land took its name from the excellent wild grapes that abounded there.
Moreover Adam found a most trustworthy source of information in the Danish King, Sven Estrithson, who preserved in his memory, as though engraved, the entire history of the barbarians (the northern peoples).
Of the lands discovered by the Northmen in America, Adam mentioned only Greenland and Vineland.
1387); the third is the saga of Eric the Red in a manuscript dating from the fifteenth century.