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) is the area of coastal North America explored by Norse Vikings, where Leif Erikson first landed in c.

1000, approximately five centuries prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot.

However, it also mentions that while at Straumfjord, some of the explorers wished to go in search for Vinland west of Kjalarnes.

In Grænlendinga saga ("Saga of the Greenlanders"), Bjarni Herjólfsson accidentally discovers the new land when travelling from Norway to visit his father in the second year of Eric the Red's Greenland colony (about 986 CE).

In spring, Leif returns to Greenland with a shipload of timber towing a boatload of grapes.

After sailing another two days across open sea, the expedition finds a headland with an island just offshore; nearby is a pool accessible to ships at high tide in an area where the sea is shallow with sandbanks.The exact meaning of this Norse toponym has not been established.Three likely translations of the name have been advanced by linguists: .Vinland was the name given to North America as far as it was explored by the Vikings, presumably including both Newfoundland and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as far as northeastern New Brunswick (where the eponymous grapevines are found).In 1960, archaeological evidence of a Norse settlement in North America (outside Greenland) was found at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland.

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