First American in Europe "was native woman kidnapped by
Vikings and hauled back to Iceland 1,000 years ago"
Iceland: A Native woman kidnapped by Vikings 1,000 years ago may have been the first American to arrive in Europe. Her genes have been discovered in the DNA of just 80 members of four distinct family lines.
This means a female slave was in Europe 500 years before
Christopher Columbus first paraded American Indians through
Spain. The unknown American woman bore children in Iceland,
but nothing was ever written about her..
A Viking settlement at L'Anse
in Newfoundland is thought to date to the
11th century. Other settlements are found in Greenland,
which Viking navigators reached from Iceland.
Since the woman’s arrival 40 generations
ago, her descendants have lived in Iceland. Each generation
had at least one girl, so the female lineage has not been
The study will be published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
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