This bronze sculpture of Leif Eriksson was created by Anne Whitney in 1887. Eriksson was a Norse (Scandanavian) explorer who is widely believed to be the first European to set foot on North America an estimated 500 years before Columbus. When this sculpture was commissioned it was believed that Eriksson landed on the shores of Massachussetts where he started his Vinland Settlement. Now scholars believe that Vinland was actually established farther north on the Canadian shoreline.
Check out the detailed plaques on each side of the statue that depict Eriksson landing on a rocky shore and later he and his crew recounting the story of the landing to others.
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