L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland was the main New World Viking town. The New Worlds population of us Vikings varied. From 20 in the winter to 80 people in the summer with a maximum population of 200 one summer. We mainly built ships. Our ships were built to withstand full on North Atlantic storms lasting 4 days. We sold them in Norway mainly.

There was L'Anse aux Meadows and 3 or 4 seasonal camps. There was an abundance of straight pine so we made ships. I think we made about 30 a year. We also transhipped smoked cod all the way to Afghanistan. Oh, there was a lot of trade between the Old and New Worlds. We just didn't tell the pope!

What stopped the colony? A form of Syphlis/yaws came through about every 20 years and killed up to 3/4 of the Natives. It was decided that it was too dangerous to live in the New World after one such outbreak. So we bailed and put little monsters on the maps warning people not to go there.

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