Timeline of Norse colonization of the Americas

Prehistoric settlement

Map of the Americas showing pre Clovis sites.
  • 16,000 years before present: In the 20th century it was generally believed that humans had crossed a land bridge from Eurasia perhaps 12,000 years ago the 'Clovis First / Single origin hypothesis' but modern scientific belief is that settlers arrived by boat at least 14,000-16,000 years before present.[citation needed]

Norse colonization

See also


  1. Seaver 1996, pp. 205, 229: 205: a reference to sailors in Bergen in 1484 who had visited Greenland (Seaver speculates that they may have been English); 229: archaeological evidence of contact with Europe towards the end of the 15th century.

Other sources

  • Seaver, Kirsten A. (1996). The Frozen Echo: Greenland and the Exploration of North America, Ca. A.D. 1000-1500. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-3161-4.