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Poem: "People of the Longboat"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

All cultures have some diversity. I try to read -- and write -- history with an eye toward that.

Besides, I figured that Ericson and company could plausibly mesh better with the natives than later Europeans did. A tall ship is just unimaginably alien, but a Viking ship basically looks like a giant canoe with a hide stretched above it. So if the builders got to talking, they'd have enough common ground to bump the technology forward. I also thought that someone like Ericson would be compatible with the Indian idea of "war" as extreme roughhousing, rather than insisting on the Viking idea of "loot, murder, and burn."
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