The story of it being just clever advertising is widely told and believed, but it is a myth. At the time that Greenland was discovered, the Earth was a bit warmer and southern Greenland actually had green meadows and could sustain villages of Norse settlers and their cattle, sheep, goats, horses, etc. The name was actually an accurate description of the land at the time.
Since that time the Earth had cooled down some and the ice sheets advanced, forcing the Norse settlers out again.
A similar history befell the early Norse settlers to "Vineland" (North America). When they arrived the weather was warm enough to grow grapes. Ultimately global cooling drove the Norsemen back to Greenland and then Iceland. The colony in Iceland was well established by that time and survived.
In Norse legends written in the 12th century and later, it is told that Eric the Red explored the southeast and southwest coasts of Greenland in A.D. 983-986 and gave the country its name because people would be more likely to go there if it had an attractive name. Greenland was warmer in the tenth century than it is now. There were many islands teeming with birds off its western coast; the sea was excellent for fishing; and the coast of Greenland itself had many fjords where anchorage was good. At the head of the fjords there were enormous meadows full of grass, willows, junipers, birch, and wild berries. Thus Greenland actually deserved its name. Another attraction of Greenland was that Iceland and northwestern Europe, including England, had a grievous year of famine in 976, and people were hungry for food as well as land.
It's Iceland.but Iceland's name is Greenland... the other question is why does Greenland's name is Greenland?...is not real
The name of Greenland in Greenlandic is Kalaallit Nunaat. Greenland is the largest island in the world. Its capital is Nuuk.
The name of the capital city of Greenland is called Nuuk.
"Kalaallit Nunaat" is the local name for Greenland. Meaning "The Greenlanders' Land".
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Grønland = Greenland in danish''pronounced gronlan''
it is the name for Greenlandwhy would you care anyway?!?!?!?!?technically, it IS Greenland
He called it Greenland. It was the name his father came up with.
That would be the Greenland Sea.
Green is a misnomer in the name. There is a lot of ice and cold in Greenland. Actually, Iceland should be called Greenland and Greenland should be called Iceland.
Despite Greenland's name, Greenland is actually covered by ice and snow. However, there are parts of Greenland that are quite green.
He didn't discover Greenland, he discovered North America. His father, Erik the Red, discovered Greenland.
Lots of people do not think Greenland is an appropriate name for it because Greenland used to be warm and had open fields. So when the Norse settlers came they enjoyed living there, but the Earth soon becamecold and forced the Norse settlers out so Greenland was not Green anymore it was icy and frigid.
Greenland is an Irish name. This is proven because Irish people are always represented by something green, such as a clover, or Saint Patricks Day. Greenland is well not green but still called green.
Some danish guy named it Greenland because it sounded good. Though some people say he called it Grundland (Groundland) and somehow it became Grønland (Greenland)...
No, Denmark and Greenland are both constitutent countries within the Kingdom of Denmark.