The Farfarers: Before the Norse

by Farley Mowat

Hardcover, 1998





Toronto : Key Porter Books, c1998.


In this bestseller, Farley Mowat challenges the conventional notion that the Vikings were the first Europeans to reach North America, offering an unforgettable portrait of the Albans, a race originating from the island now known as Britain. Battered by repeated invasions from their aggressive neighbors?Celt, Roman, and Norse?the Albans fled west. Their search for safety, and for the massive walrus herds on which their survival depended, eventually took them to the land now known as Newfoundland and Labrador. Skillfully weaving together clues gathered from forty years of research, Mowat presents a fascinating account of a forgotten history.

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LibraryThing member Gaga112
Based on years of travel and writing about the Arctic north, Farley Mowat has come up with a plausible alternative history of the discovery and settlement of north eastern Canada. His arguments are well stated and illustrated, and he takes care to show the reader which statements are supposition on his part. I've always enjoyed Mowat's writings, and this book was no exception.… (more)



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