The Sagas written by the Norse in the 13th century tell the tale of Leif Eriksson finding a faraway land with lush fields and wild game inhabited by Skraelings (North American First Nations) around the year 1000 CE.
Eriksson and his crew, after exploring this land and gathering a cargo of grapes and lumber, travelled back to Greenland to announce their discoveries and prepare for more expeditions. With promises of prosperity a small band of people led by Thorfinn Karlsefni landed in what is now known as L’Anse aux Meadows, building dwellings, workshops, a forge, and more. Using this outpost as a base, crews explored the surrounding areas and gathered materials for trade.
Skraelings, the native inhabitants of the area, quickly became a problem as relations were increasingly hostile. While the Norse attempted to withstand the natives they were outnumbered, making continued settlement a dangerous prospect. After only a few years this outpost in North America failed and the Norse left L’Anse aux Meadows.
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L'Anse aux Meadows Heritage Shop
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada
L’Anse aux Meadows, NL
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Open Daily 9:00am - 6:00pm
Open: May 29 - Oct 3
Historic Sites Association's Contributions:
Contributed $50,000 to the development and printing of book Westward Viking: the Story of L’Anse aux Meadows.
In 2010, HSA held the Viking Luncheon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of L’Anse aux Meadows.
HSA provided $38,000 over three years for the enhancement of the presentation of aboriginal history at L’Anse Aux Meadows.
The Association provided an annual grant totaling $130,000 to support the Viking re-enactors living history presentation
Raised and provided $45,000 for sculpture symbolizing the meeting of two cultures at L'Anse aux Meadows.
HSA provided $20,000 in support for an aboriginal archaeological dig.