Over a thousand years ago, a Northman wrote of woodlands with long, white, sandy beaches he had “discovered” in North America. “Mark” is the Norse word for wood and so the discoverer, Thorfinn Karlsefni gave the area the name of ‘Markland”. Scholars debate the location of this and many other claims of early explorations, especially the mysteries of the Knights Templars but some suggest Northman Karlsefni may have landed on the shores of Newfoundland.
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