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Author Enterline, James Robert.

Title Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus : medieval European knowledge of America / James Robert Enterline.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press,c2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  970.013 ENTE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 342 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents I. Outstanding Misunderstandings -- II. Chronological Survey -- A. Classical Norse Greenland -- B. Uncovering an America -- C. Old Images in New Maps -- Appendix Vinland Map's Ink 305.
Summary 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.
Subject Geography, Medieval -- Maps.
Early maps.
Historical geography -- Maps.
Nautical charts -- History.
Vikings -- North America -- History.
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Norse.
ISBN 080186660X