The earliest ventures out into the Western Ocean were those of certain Irish monks in quest of desert islands in which to pursue their vocation. These culminated in a series of voyages to Iceland. The Irish were later followed by Norsemen of the Viking age assuredly some of the most skillful and most daring mariners who ever sailed the seas, their ventures eventually extending as far westward as Greenland and the American mainland. Besides the due assessment of what these early seafarers actually achieved, there has to be ...

Conquest of North Atlantic 1998, Boydell & Brewer

ISBN-13: 9780851151304

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