Thursday, June 9, 2011 | Categories: |
Viking statues at L'Anse aux Meadows site in Newfoundland Photo by D.Gordon E.Robertson
About a thousand years ago, the Vikings sailed into northern Newfoundland and became the first Europeans to discover the New World. As they did so, they completed a journey begun a ninety-nine thousand years before, when our human ancestors walked out of Africa to populate the rest of the planet. Some pushed north and west to fill up Europe, others pushed east, to eventually populate the Americas. And when the Vikings landed in Newfoundland, humans whose ancestors expanded eastwards around the Earth met other humans moving westwards, for the first time.
In this episode of And The Winner Is... Chris Brookes reconstructs that moment, when Europeans and North Americans met face to face and the human race came full circle.