Vin­land or Blue­ber­ry­land?

Canada's History - - THE PACKET -

De­spite the com­pre­hen­sive ar­ti­cle by Bir­gitta Wal­lace (“Find­ing Vin­land,” Fe­bru­ary- March 2018), she has not shown con­clu­sively that she has found the myth­i­cal Vin­land.

For two hun­dred years, var­i­ous claims of Vin­land be­ing found have cir­cu­lated. Ev­ery pro­fes­sor of mine has al­ways said to go back to the pri­mary sources to re­search a story.

I be­lieve no one for over one thou­sand years has dared to chal­lenge the con­cept writ­ten in the sagas that what the Vik­ings saw grow­ing in “Vin­land” were not grapes, but blue­ber­ries.

Com­mon sense would show that they were men from Green­land and Iceland and that they never, ever saw a grapevine in their lives. And if you have trav­elled in New­found­land you would know that a very delicious wine can be made from blue­ber­ries, so it is not too far out of the realm of pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Vin­land will be found, and it will be in New­found­land!

Robert Burcher Clarks­burg, On­tario

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