Episode 20 – Christopher Columbus, Leif Erickson and the Curious Case of Runestones in Oklahoma and Minnesota

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Christopher Columbus was not a good dude, but his “discovery” of America gave millions of Italian and Catholic Americans a homemaking myth to call their own. However, this wasn’t without controversy. The backlash to Columbus lead to a push for recognition of Leif Erickson as the “true discoverer of America,” and a rash of fake runestones that plagued America.

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Sources:

Brown, Marie A. (Mrs. John B. Shipley). The Icelandic Discoverers of America, or, Honor to whom Honor is Due. New York: John B. Alden, 1891.

Cullum, Dick. “Cullum’s Column: ‘Minnesota’ is Designation of Pro Grid Team.” Minneapolis Morning Tribune, August 6, 1960, p. 21.

Goodrich, Aaron. A History of the Character and Achievements of the So-Called Christopher Columbus. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1874.

Krueger, David M. Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Tompsen, Lyle. “An Archaeologist Looks at the Oklahoma Runestones ESOP 29, 2011: 5-43 | Lyle Tompsen”. Academia.edu

Wyckoff, Don G, “No Stones Unturned:Differing Views of Oklahoma’s Runestones” in Popular Archaeology, 2:16-31, no 12, 1973, reprinted in Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts, compiled by William R. Corliss, The Sourcebook Project, 1978, ISBN 0-915554-03-8

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