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Come on men, put your backs into it!
This is Olaf, and off in the distance that is Olaf's longboat. He learned how to sail from trading with Europeans.
I hereby declare this town, Dublin.
It's 793 AD, and Olaf and his crew are off to ransack the Lindisfarne monastery in northeastern England. This marked the beginning of the Viking Age.
The Kings realise that if they pay Olaf and the Vikings, not only will they stop attacking them but they will protect them.
Olaf and his Viking raids in the 8th and 9th centuries led to the founding of Dublin, Ireland.
In 871, the army of King Alfred the Great of Wessex defeated Olaf's son, Gunnar, and his Viking army in England.
In the ninth century, Viking led Scandinavians began to colonize Iceland.
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