America Discovered in the Tenth Century

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W. Jackson, 1838 - America - 32 pages
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Page 20 - As we approached the extremity of the Cape, the sand and the barrenness increase, and in not a few places it would need only a party of Bedouin Arabs to cross the traveller's path, to make him feel that he was in the depths of an Arabian or Lybian desert.
Page 10 - Leif's ship, and, aided by his brother's counsel and directions, commenced a voyage in the year 1002. He arrived at Leifsbooths, in Vineland, where they spent the winter, he and his crew employing themselves in fishing. In the spring of 1003 Thorwald sent a party in the ship's long-boat on a voyage of discovery southwards.
Page 13 - After the lapse of three days they returned, bringing with them some grapes and some ears of wheat, which grew wild in that region. They continued their course until they came to a place where a firth penetrated far into the country. Off the mouth of it was an island, past which there ran strong currents, which was also the case farther up the firth. On the island there were an immense number of eyderducks, so that it was scarcely possible to walk without treading on their eggs. They called the island...
Page 14 - Northmen then found that their cloth was beginning to grow scarce, whereupon they cut it up in smaller pieces, not broader than a finger's breadth ; yet the...
Page 20 - In crossing the sands of the cape, I noticed a singular mirage or deception. In Orleans, for instance, we seemed to be ascending at an angle of three or four degrees : nor was I convinced that such was not the case, until turning about I perceived that a similar ascent appeared in the road just passed over. I shall not attempt to explain this optical deception ; but merely remark, that it is probably of the same kind as that observed by Humboldt on the Pampas of Venezuela ; ' all around us,' says...
Page 15 - How can stout men like you fly from these miserable caitifs, whom I thought you could knock down like cattle? If I had only a weapon, I ween I could fight better than any of you.' They heeded not her words. She tried to keep pace with them, but the advanced state of her pregnancy retarded her. She however followed them into the wood. There she encountered a dead body. It was Thorbrand Snorrason; a flat stone was sticking fast in his head.
Page 11 - I now, advise you to prepare for your departure as soon as possible, but me ye shall bring to the promontory where I thought it good to dwell ; it may be that it was a prophetic word...
Page 15 - Skrellings became terrified, rushed to their canoes, and rowed away southwards. About this time Gudrida, Karlsefne's wife, gave birth to a son, who received the name of SNORRE. In the beginning of the following winter the Skrellings came again in much greater numbers ; they showed symptoms of hostility, setting up loud yells. Karlsefne caused the red shield to be borne against them, whereupon they advanced against each other, and a battle commenced. There was a galling discharge of missiles. The...
Page 9 - I did not go much farther, yet I have a discovery to acquaint you with: I have found vines and grapes.
Page 33 - ... of the narrative which are obfcure, and which fubfequent difquifitions and new interpretations may ferve to clear up. On this account it feems of importance that the original fources of information fhould be publifhed in the ancient language,116 fo that every one may have it in his power to confult them, and to form his own judgment as to the accuracy of the interpretations given.

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