Leif Erickson by John K. Daniels

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Sculptor John K. Daniels created this 13-foot monument to Norwegian explorer Leif Erickson in 1949. It was sponsored by the Minnesota Leif Erickson Monument Association and dedicated on Minnesota’s territorial centennial.

It’s curious that this is the second monument to an explorer who “discovered” the new world in the Minnesota State Capitol Mall. Neither Christopher Columbus nor Erickson were the first to discover the “new” world. More than a few indigenous people beat them to it. James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong goes into more detail on Columbus (a lot more).

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