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Erik Thorvaldsson

(Erik the Red) was the Norwegian Viking out of Iceland who discovered Greenland in 982 A.D.


Leif Eriksson and Vinland

Leif Eriksson was Erik’s son, who discovered the Americas around the year 1000 A.D. He landed on the northern end of Newfoundland and called it Vinland since he found plenty of vines and grapes.


Junk ships

were commonly used in these expeditions.



a Chinese monk traveled to Tibet by foot around 400 A.D. and returned to China by sea via Indonesia.


Admiral Zheng He

From 1400-1433 during the Ming dynasty, Admiral He commanded a large fleet of ships into the Indian Ocean on seven occasions. Some of his enormous ships were longer than 120 meters.