Amy C. Mulligan
Search for other papers by Amy C. Mulligan in
Current site
Google Scholar
Migration of a North Atlantic seascape
Leif Eiriksson, the 1893 World’s Fair, and the Great Lakes landnám
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

In a headline-grabbing re-enactment of Leif Eiriksson’s Vinland voyage, a wooden Viking ship sailed from Norway to become one of the most popular spectacles at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The voyage of the aptly-named Viking to America’s Midwest, as well as the later erection of a statue of Leif in Chicago and the 1927 naming of the major highway now known as ‘Lake Shore Drive’ as ‘Leif Ericson Drive’, show the many ways in which a medieval Viking past was re-mapped onto the landscape of one of America’s most dynamic urban centres, Chicago, a city which excelled at reinvention like nowhere else in late nineteenth-century America. Through place-naming practices and immersive performances in new landscapes, powerful identity narratives rooted in a medieval past allowed those who came to Chicago, and Scandinavian-American communities in particular, to find Valhalla in the Midwest and establish a valorised American future.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


From Iceland to the Americas

Vinland and historical imagination


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 184 65 22
Full Text Views 2 0 0
PDF Downloads 7 0 0