Leif Erikson Day

I’m certain that most of you don’t even know that this holiday existed, so let me explain. 

Leif Erikson is the first person to step on America. It wasn’t Columbus who first discovered the Americas, but Leif Erikson was the first ever documented person who found America. Since we celebrate Christopher Columbus Day, we almost completely ignore Leif Erikson day. But here’s the thing about Leif Erikson day; it was made to be more of an observation day, not a holiday. And why Christopher Columbus Day is considered a holiday is actually beyond me. 

October 9th, the official date of Leif Erikson day, is not the day on which he landed on Northern America. As of matter of fact, October 9 is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson’s life. The date was chosen because the ship Restaruation coming from Stabanger, Norway, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825 at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States. The ship wasn’t even Leif Erikson’s – it was one of the first ships to bring in one of the first batch of European immigrants to America. That’s why they chose the date of October 9th to be Leif Eriksons day.

Did you like these facts? Comment down below what you though about it, and if I missed anything, then be sure to put it in the comments as well.

Sources: http://mentalfloss.com/article/52993/11-leif-erikson-facts-leif-erikson-day


About Luis Guillen

Sophomore who is just trying to spread some knowledge around

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