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What Are The Vikings Pirates

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The Vikings were seen as heathen pirates by those that experienced their attacks. Many people had every reason to be frightened as their warships sailed from their homelands in Scandinavia. The Vikings were actually several different peoples who lived in we now know as Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Many people think of them today just as warlike raiders but some were farmers, merchants and architects. Their artists and craftspeople produced beautiful objects. Many Vikings set off from their homelands in search of new lands to settle and farm, such as Iceland. Other voyages were carried out for plunder first, then for settlement. Norwegian Vikings began to settle in the islands off the northern coast of Scotland at the beginning of the
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