Western Voyages to Greenland and Vinland
Lecture no. 22 from the course: The Vikings
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
The daunting climate and the ultimate paucity of marketable trade goods prevented Greenland from becoming a viable settlement, while Vinland settlements foundered due to hostile Algonquins and remoteness from the Scandinavian homeland. The American fascination with these voyages reveals a sentiment the Icelanders would have appreciated, a yearning for connection with an ancient past.