Around 985 AD, Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for three years for committing murder. He sailed west, where he stumbled upon a habitable piece of coast connected to an unending expanse of ice.
But now Erik faced a challenge: How to populate his new land?
When Erik’s punishment had passed he returned to Iceland to recruit settlers. According to the Icelandic Sagas, he convinced 25 ships of former and future countrymen to follow him to Greenland. Only 14 made it to the new land.
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