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McGivers' painting of Leif Ericson

For the AMT model kit bearing this name, please see Leif Ericson.

Leif Ericson (Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson) was a historical figure from Earth history.

USS Enterprise historian Marla McGivers adored Ericson and made a painting of him. When Khan visited her quarters in 2267, he recognized Ericson, and said McGivers' paintings were of "bold men from the past."

Later McGivers surprised Khan by saying that she knew his identity: the genetically-engineered superman was "Leif Eriksson and Richard the Lionheart and Napoléon." (TOS: "Space Seed")

Ericson was the leader of the short-lived "Vinland" settlement and is thus considered the first European to discover North America proper (excluding Greenland).
"Ericson" is the English form of the surname. Norwegians, Icelanders, Danes, and Greenlanders – the descendants of the Vikings – spell it "Eriksson"; this latter form is the one used in the TOS Season 1 DVD subtitles.

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