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11701exploration of the world by jules verne

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  • michael
    Oct 15, 2010
      " hearing of the discovery made by Bjarn, he fitted out his vessels and went to seek for the lands which had been only imperfectly seen. He landed first on a desolate and stony plain, to which he gave the name of Helluland, and which we have no hesitation in recognizing as Newfoundland, and afterwards on a flat sandy shore behind which rose an immense screen of dark forests, cheered by the songs of innumerable birds. A third time he put to sea and steering towards the south he arrived at the Bay of Rhode Island, where the mild climate and the river teeming with salmon induced him to settle, and where he constructed vast buildings of planks, which he called Leifsbudir (Leif's house). Then he sent some of his companions to explore the country, and they returned with the good news that the wild vine grows in the country, to which it owes the name of Vinland. In the spring of the year 1001, Leif, having laded his ship with skins, grapes, wood, and other productions of the country, set out for Greenland; he had made the valuable observation that the shortest day in Vinland lasted nine hours, which places the site of Leifsbudir at 41° 24' 10". This fortunate voyage and the salvage of a Norwegian vessel carrying fifteen men, gained for Leif the surname of the Fortunate. "

      the duration of the shortest day confirms the lattitude of vinland to be at rhode island, just as cayce claimed. the newport tower was already at newport by 1000 ce, and was seen by thorvald.
      we tend to forget that irish monks preserved knowledge during the dark middle ages, and much may still be found in their monasteries. irish monks were at thule or iceland when first reached by northmen circa 880 ce. these monks served as pilots for the vikings.

      mike