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December 13, 1976

The Settlement at Anse au- Meadow

JAMA. 1976;236(24):2747. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270250017016

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To the Editor.—  I wish to gently protest the statement in the article "Medical Notes on Columbus's First Trip to America" by Dr Cesar A. Lopez (236:1598, 1976) that Natividad was "the first settlement in the New World."While some may argue that Greenland is not in the New World, and hence the Celtic and Icelandic settlements of around 950 AD do not count, the Viking settlement at Anse au Meadow, Newfoundland, carbondated around 1,000 AD, should not be overlooked.I wish to establish my unbiased credentials by indicating that I am not of Norwegian but rather of Frisian descent, and that the Frisians' only involvement during the early explorations of the New World was that one of them was along with Leif Erickson as a slave. He was the one who discovered the grapes in Vinland.