Leif Erikson Timeline

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  • c. 790 - c. 1100
    The Viking Age.
  • c. 970 - c. 1030
    Approximate time-indication of the Vikings' expeditions to Vinland (Newfoundland, North America).
  • c. 970 - c. 980
    Leif Erikson is born somewhere around this time, probably at Eiríksstaðir in Breidafjord, Iceland.
  • 980 - 1020
    Radiocarbon dates given for the remains of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows (Newfoundland, Canada).
  • c. 985
    Erik the Red founds the Norse Eastern Settlement in Greenland & moves there with his family, including his son Leif Erikson.
  • c. 1003
    Leif Erikson succeeds his father (now deceased) as paramount chief of Greenland. .
  • 1025
    Leif Erikson's son Thorkel succeeds him as chieftain of Greenland; presumably, Leif has died by this time. .
  • c. 1220 - c. 1280
    The Saga of the Greenlanders & Erik the Red's Saga, together known as the Vinland Sagas but written independently, are composed in Iceland.