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Battle of Vinland (1003)
Part of the Norse colonization of the Americas
Date1003 A.D.
Result Viking pyrrhic victory and withdrawal
Icelandic Vikings Native warriors
Commanders and leaders
Thorvald Eiriksson Unknown
84 unknown
Casualties and losses
22 41

Thorvald Eiriksson had the first contact with the native population which would come to be known as the skrælings. After capturing and killing eight of the natives, they were attacked at their beached ships, which they defended:

'I have been wounded under my arm,' he said. 'An arrow flew between the edge of the ship and the shield into my armpit. Here is the arrow, and this wound will cause my death.'[1]

See also


  1. "The Viking discovery of America: the excavation of a Norse settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland." Ingstad Helge. Checkmark Books. New York, 2001. ISBN 0-8160-4716-2.

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