Pre-Columbian Contact

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Although Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, having been preceded nearly 500 years earlier by Nords under the leadership of Leif Erickson, The lasting contact with European powers initiated by his voyage created greater impact than previous voyages. A number of responses might be utilized to explain the diminished significance of pre-Columbian contact with the Americas, such as that of the Nords. Perhaps one of the most telling responses in the significance of contact is the treatment given to the knowledge of said contact. Knowledge of the Nordic discovery was lost to all but the saga of the Greenlanders and Eirik the Red 's saga. Conversely the widespread knowledge of Columbus ' discovery due to the
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