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Erik the Red

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Erik Thorvaldsson (c. 950 – c. 1003), known as Erik the Red, was a Norse explorer, described in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first European settlement in Greenland. He most likely earned the epithet "the Red" due to the color of his hair and beard. According to Icelandic sagas, he was born in the Jæren district of Rogaland, Norway, as the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erik the Red has received more than 3,066,914 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia. Erik the Red is the 18th most popular explorer (down from 17th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Norway (down from 11th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Norwegian Explorer.

Erik the Red is most famous for being the father of Leif Erikson, the first European to set foot in North America.

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Among explorers, Erik the Red ranks 18 out of 405Before him are Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Abel Tasman, David Livingstone, Prince Henry the Navigator, and Fridtjof Nansen. After him are Xuanzang, Jacques Cousteau, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Jacques Cartier, Leif Erikson, and Vitus Bering.

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Among people born in 950, Erik the Red ranks 1After him are Pope John XVII, Adelaide of Aquitaine, Ibn Yunus, Maslama al-Majriti, Leo the Deacon, Abhinavagupta, Boleslaus III, Duke of Bohemia, Bernard I, Duke of Saxony, Olof Björnsson, Mariam al-Asturlabi, and William I of Provence. Among people deceased in 1003, Erik the Red ranks 2Before him is Pope Sylvester II. After him are Pope John XVII, Gregory of Narek, Athanasius the Athonite, Rozala of Italy, At-Ta'i, Herman II, Duke of Swabia, Vladivoj, Duke of Bohemia, and Beatrice of France.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Erik the Red ranks 12 out of 927Before him are Harald V of Norway (1937), Knut Hamsun (1859), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945), Harald Fairhair (850), Rollo (846), and Fridtjof Nansen (1861). After him are Thor Heyerdahl (1914), Niels Henrik Abel (1802), Olaf II of Norway (993), Olaf Tryggvason (963), Trygve Lie (1896), and Queen Sonja of Norway (1937).

Among EXPLORERS In Norway

Among explorers born in Norway, Erik the Red ranks 3Before him are Roald Amundsen (1872) and Fridtjof Nansen (1861). After him are Thor Heyerdahl (1914), Ingólfr Arnarson (850), Otto Sverdrup (1854), Carsten Borchgrevink (1864), Hjalmar Johansen (1867), Naddodd (900), Oscar Wisting (1871), Helmer Hanssen (1870), and Ohthere of Hålogaland (900).