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4   CANADIAN HISTORY TOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

 

the west no one knew. There were traditions, indeed, from very early times, that the Norse sailors, who lived in Norway and Denmark, had discovered strange countries beyond the ocean ; but most people had never heard these stories, and very likely those who had did not believe them.

ERICSON'S BATTLE WITH THE INDIANS.

The There was, however, some truth in them. Norsemen. 'The restless Norsemen, sailing hither and thither in their strange beaked ships, settled about a thousand years ago in Iceland. A little later they planted a colony in Greenland, where the ruins of their buildings may be seen to this day; and once a young Norseman, Leif Ericson, sailing thither from Norway, steered too far south, and landed in a fruitful region, which he named " Wineland the Good." Some people think this was some part of New England; others that it was our own Nova Scotia. Wherever it was, the Norsemen tried

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