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Neither. Lief Ericson discovered North America second while Christopher Columbus discovered it third. A Viking did discover North America and his name was Bjarni Herjolfsson. He discovered North America about 200 years before Lief Ericson

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Leif Erickson (Eric the Red) was supposedly the first European to discover North America. However, the VERY first people who ever settled in North America is still debatable to this day.

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Q: Who discovered North America first Lief Erikson or Christopher Columbus?
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How did christopher Columbus come to discover the Americas?

He didn't discover America. Leif Erikson, a viking, discovered America. He said there 500 years before columbus.

Does he deserve credit for discovering America?

Who? Christopher Columbus? He was not the first to dicover America. Much earlier examples include the Native Americans and Leif Erikson, a viking who discovered America long before Colombus. Christopher Columbus just brought Europeans to America. He 'rediscovered' America, per se. He deserves credit for bring colonists to America, not discovering it.

What groups of Europeans reached North America about 500 years before Columbus?

The Vikings were the first Europeans who reached North America about 500 years before Christopher Columbus and their leader was Leif Erikson

Who was the first European explorer to realize America was a New World?

The first person to discover America was Christopher Columbus.But technichly the Native Americans were because they were the first one on that land.When Christopher Columbus came there were already Native Americans.

Was Christopher Columbus REALLY the first European to discover America?

Actually, A viking discovered America almost 500 years before Columbus (his name was Leif Erikson) but Chris got the credit because he took power over the Native Americans and the printing press was invented (bright headlines!).

Did Leif Erikson discover part of North America?

Yes, Leif Erikson is believed to have discovered part of North America, specifically the area known as Vinland, around the year 1000 AD. This preceded Christopher Columbus's voyage by nearly 500 years.

Leif Erikson is thought to have discovered what places?

North America.

When did Christopher Columbus discovered that earth is flat?

Christopher Columbus was against the idea that the earth is flat. He tried to sail around the world to prove it. Instead of reaching India (as was his intent), he was the second person (Leif Erikson was the first in 1002.) in 1492 to discover the Americas. He made four more voyages afterwards.

What group of europeans explored American about AD 1000?

The Vikings were the first Europeans who reached North America about 500 years before Christopher Columbus and their leader was Leif Erikson

Who was Leif Erikson during the middle ages?

the viking who discovered America

Why should cristopher Columbus get credit for finding America insted of leif erikson?

He no longer does.

What land did leif erikson discovered?

He is most famous for discovering North America.