On Friday, October 12, 1492, was spotted by a nominally unknown sailor at 2.00 clock early by the Spanish caravel "Pinta" out of land. It was the Bahamas island Guanahani, the then name in the native language (as it is called again today), which Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) called San Salvador. This applies to date as the day of the discovery of America or the New world, But already 500 years before Columbus someone else had entered the American continent. Around the year 1000 the Icelandic Viking Leif Eriksson (son of the Greenland explorer Erik the Red) drove south from Greenland and reached the American coast. He called the area "Vinland". Whether the name really Vinland "wine country" means is not clearly secured, it could also have meant "pasture" or "meadow".