More Leif Ericson – Statues in the USA

Leif Erikson Boston  Leif Erikson Minnesota

After recent travels to Italy I told the story of Giuseppe Garibaldi and how he is so famous that his statues appear all over the World and now I have been to Iceland and seen Leif Ericson and although not nearly as prolific in his bronze and stones appearances as Giuseppe, Leif does seem to have an impressive number of likenesses of his own, especially in the USA.

This is not entirely surprising of course because Norsemen from Greenland and Iceland were the first Europeans to reach North America in what is today Newfoundland, Canada when Leif Ericson reached the Continent via Norse settlements in Greenland around the year 1000.

Nearly a thousand years later many Norwegian immigrants went to the United States primarily in the second half of the nineteenth and the first few decades of the twentieth century. According to the most recent United States census there are more than four and a half million Norwegian Americans and most live in the Upper Midwest and currently comprise the tenth largest American ancestry group.

In the two pictures above Leif can be seen in Boston, Massachusetts and then not surprisingly in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Below he is in Chicago, Illinois and (my personal favourite) Newport News in Virginia.

leif-eriksson-chicago  Leif Erikson Newport News Virginia

Reyjkavik, Vikings and Explorers

6 responses to “More Leif Ericson – Statues in the USA

  1. I don’t know the answer to this but I wonder if there are more statues in Canada?

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  2. Yes, here in the US he’s rather famous. Grade school kids used to be taught that Columbus was the first to discover the Americas. That was just a little before my time. Why it took us so long to recognize Leif Ericson is a mystery to me.

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  3. I believe it was in grade five, we learned about Leif Ericson but I don’t recall anything anymore. This has been an interesting read, Andrew. Too bad some of us have to wait until we are adults to appreciate history.

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  4. Pingback: Travels in Spain, Statues in Madrid | Have Bag, Will Travel

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