The Discovery of America by the Northmen: In the Tenth Century

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T. and W. Boone, 1841 - America - 289 pages
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Page 53 - With all the visionary fervor of his imagination, its fondest dreams fell short of the reality. He died in ignorance of the real grandeur of his discovery. Until his last breath he entertained the idea that he had merely opened a new way to the old resorts of opulent commerce, and had discovered some of the wild regions of the east. He supposed Hispaniola to be the ancient Ophir which had been visited by the ships of Solomon, and that Cuba and Terra Firma were but remote parts of Asia.
Page 59 - Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Rosamond to Newfoundland and the Southern Coast of Labrador.
Page 88 - ... these went on board the ship, and after that sailed they farther. They sailed into a frith; there lay an island before it, round which there were strong currents, therefore called they it Stream island. There were so many eider ducks on the island that one could scarcely walk in consequence of the eggs. They called the place Stream-frith.
Page 134 - It is very difficult to ascertain the precise condition of the weather in distant ages. The thermometer was not invented till 1590, by the celebrated Sanctorio ; nor was that valuable instrument reduced to a correct standard before the year 1724, by the skill of Fahrenheit. We have hence no observations of temperature which go further back than a century.
Page 102 - Then went Bjarni up into the ship, but this man down into the boat, and after that continued they their voyage until they came to Dublin, in Ireland, and told there these things. But it is most people's belief that Bjarni and his companions were lost in the worm-sea, for nothing was heard of them since that time.
Page 98 - Snorri went southwards, and forty men with them, and were not longer in Hope than barely two months, and the same summer came back. Karlsefne went then with one ship to seek after Thorhall the hunter, but the rest remained behind, and they sailed northwards past Kjalarness, and thence westwards, and the land was upon their larboard hand; there were wild woods over all, as far as they could see, and scarcely any open places. And when they had long...
Page 101 - They said that no houses were there ; people lay in caves or in holes. They said there was a land on the other side, just opposite their country, where people lived who wore white clothes, and carried poles before them, and to these were fastened flags, and they shouted loud...
Page 119 - The marks of human power, and manual labour are indelibly stamped upon it. No one who examines attentively the workmanship, will believe it to have been done by the Indians. Moreover, it is a well attested fact, that nowhere, throughout our wide-spread domain, is there a single instance of their recording, or having recorded, their deeds or history on stone.
Page 47 - Erik was declared an outlaw. He went to sea, and discovered Greenland, which he thus called because, he said, " people will be attracted thither if the land has a good name." There he took up his abode, leading a colony with him, about AD 986, fifteen years before Christianity was established by law in Iceland. The colony prospered, and there is...
Page 102 - ... half of our men, it is my counsel that lots should be drawn for those to go in the boat, for it shall not be according to rank.

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