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Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus

Medieval European Knowledge of America
Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus
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How did medieval Europeans have such specific geographic knowledge of North America, a land even their most daring adventurers had not yet discovered? In Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus , James Robert Enterline presents new evidence that traces this knowledge to the cartographic skills of indigenous people of the high Arctic, who, he contends, provided the basis for medieval maps of large parts of North America. Drawing on an exhaustive chronological survey of pre-Columbian maps, including the controversial Yale Vinland Map, this book boldly challenges conventional accounts of Europe's discovery of the New World.
Authors: Enterline, James Robert
Title: Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus
medieval European knowledge of America
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press,c2002
Characteristics: xx, 342 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm
ISBN: 080186660X
Branch Call Number: E105 .E579 2002
Statement of Responsibility: James Robert Enterline
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: America Discovery and exploration Norse Vikings North America History Nautical charts History Historical geography Maps Early maps Geography, Medieval Maps
Topical Term: Vikings
Nautical charts
Historical geography
Early maps
Geography, Medieval
LCCN: 00011396
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