Invaders from the North (Part 3)

There is a Viking museum in Alexandria and they have even found rune stones in the area. The Kensington Rune stone is a 200-pound slab of greywacke covered in runes on its face and sides. Locals believe the Rune stone describes a Viking expedition in 1362. We may never know for sure just how authentic it is, but it is a fact that missionaries later reported blonde-haired, blue-eyed Indians living in huts nearby.

Kensington Rune Stone

So, it is believed the Vikings reached the middle of North America during the 14th century. Chew on that, Mr. Columbus. The Kensington Rune stone was found in 1898 in Douglas County, Minnesota. Almost all Runologists and experts in Scandinavian linguistics consider the rune stone to be a hoax. Okay, so it has been analyzed and dismissed repeatedly.

Remember one thing though. People are still celebrating the fact that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, even when we have solid proof the Vikings landed on the America east coast almost five hundred years before. Is it not possible they moved inland, explored the inner reaches of this huge continent? Is it not possible that they fought their ways through thousands of miles of prairie and forest, that they made it even as far west as to Minnesota…maybe even further? I think it is.

History is a work in progress. It changes as we learn new things. The Vikings were far more than red-headed, horned devils that sailed Europe leaving burning trails of defeated villages, of dead bodies and of raped women. They were brave pioneers and courageous adventurers, men prepared to sail toward the horizon even though they thought the earth was flat.  They discovered far more than they have been given credit for while Christopher Columbus has ridden on their glory far too long.

Isn’t history amazing?

Wishing you a great day

Gavin

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