Erik Thorvaldsson

Erik Thorvaldsson (0950 - 1003)

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Erik Thorvaldsson aka the Red
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Erik is best known as one of the earliest settlers of Greenland & being the father of Leif Erikson.

Erik the Red's father was banished from Norway for the crime of manslaughter. He sailed West from Norway with his family and settled in Hornstrandir in northwestern Iceland. The Icelanders later sentenced Erik to exile for three years due to "some killings" he committed around the year 982.

Erik did a good job convincing others to settle Greenland with him. The settlement flourished, growing to 5000 inhabitants spread over a considerable area along Eriksfjord and neighboring fjords. Groups of immigrants escaping overcrowding in Iceland joined the original party. However, one group of immigrants which arrived in 1002 brought with it an epidemic that ravaged the colony, killing many of its leading citizens, including Erik himself. Nevertheless, the colony rebounded and survived until the Little Ice Age made the land marginal for European life-styles in the 15th century (shortly before Christopher Columbus's first voyage to the Americas in 1492). Pirate raids, conflict with Inuit moving into the Norse territories, and the colony's abandonment by Norway became other factors in its decline.


Research Notes

Eiríkur "rauði" Þorvaldsson Erik the red.

Settled Greenland 986

Literature Source : Landnáma, Ann.I.300, Ann., Flóamanna saga, Eiríks saga rauða

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On 19 Jun 2017 at 02:27 GMT Donna (Friebel) Storz wrote:

Þorvaldssson-1 and Thorvaldsson-17 appear to represent the same person because: Both were father's of the merged Erikson-94 and should be merged into the project protected profile of Thorvaldsson-17. Project managers should determine if mother should also be transfered to Erikson-94. Please merge into one profile as per wikitree policy. Thanks.

On 14 Sep 2016 at 07:14 GMT Sunny (Trimbee) Clark wrote:

Erik Thorvaldsson is notable.
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Erik is 52 degrees from Rosa Parks, 47 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 37 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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