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The statue of Leifur Eirikson stand in front of Hallgrimskirkja and was given to the people of Iceland by the United States in 1930. It was to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Icelandic parliament, or Alþing. Leif was the first person to discover America in the year 1000. He was blown off course on his way to Greenland and is believed to have set foot in what is now Newfoundland. Excavations over there have since proven that the Vikings indeed established a settlement there, altough it was short-lived. Nonetheless, Leif has become the new Discoverer of America - eat your heart out Columbus! :-)

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2004
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