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1st Norwegian to Land in America, Leif Erikson

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Leif Erikson is said to have landed in Nova Scotia in 1000 AD making him the first non native arrival to North America. A Norwegian Viking ship named after the adventurer arrived in the Duluth harbor in 1927, whereupon a local businessman purchased it on the condition it be placed in an existing park and renamed to honor the Norse explorer. Hence, Leif Erikson Park. While the ship is currently being stored with hopes of renovation, the park includes the statue, a portion of the Lakewalk, benches, picnic tables and shoreline access to Lake Superior.


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