In school we were taught Christopher Columbus discovered of America in 1492. Historically it is as firm a person, event one can historically get. Like a rock! Columbus discovered America in 1492. However many evidences have been presented attempting to dethrone the traveling Italians honor but nothing, no ancient stone works, mysterious coins with dates before his arrival or Egyptian like hieroglyphics etched in stone found in the mid west can have the strength of argument to over turn such a deeply held prized event until mid 2009.
The Vinland map has been known since 1957. Written on parchment and ink the map shows the outlines of Europe and parts of Africa. However as you scan to the west your eye easily recognizes Iceland and a bit more to the left and there is Greenland traveling across the ocean we see…New Foundland? What is a section of North America doing on a map carbon dated at 1440? That’s a half a century before the Queen gave Chris the green light for his own gig.
The latest analysis completed by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts announced July 17, 2009 that the map is real, not a hoax. That may make some uncomfortable as one significant piece of history would need to be rewritten. This map adds another piece of evidence that the Vikings were perhaps the first to Discover America as early as 1000 A.D. Yale University currently owns the map.
A reproduction of the Vinland map can be purchased in our store here.