Vikings in Paradise: Were the Norse people the first to settle in the Azores?


In 1427, the Portuguese navigator Diogo de Silves first set foot on an uninhabited

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In 1427, Portuguese navigator Diogo de Silves set foot on an uninhabited, sunlit island. with white sandy beaches, clear blue bays and spectacular cliffs. claiming to be the island of Santa Maria Arrival of other Portuguese explorers It was later revealed to be the southeasternmost

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island of the Azores archipelago. which is about 1368 kilometers west of the Portuguese coast.
However, according to a new study of lake sediment cores, The Portuguese may not be the first to reach the island paradise. Viking sailors may have arrived about 700 years earlier than de Silves and crew.

All Vikings were long gone by the time the Portuguese sailors arrived, the authors note, but the horn's rodents were not. Some races may leave a genetic mark on the island.The paper is a welcome addition to the sparse data on the Azores' prehistoric times, says Jeremy Searle,

an evolutionary biologist at Cornell University. His team proposed a Norse connection to the island in 2015 based on the similarities. Genetic differences between Azorean and Northern European rats “Having clear supporting data is quite satisfying.

 

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