Vikings in Estonia

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Estonia was in close proximity to viking trade routes, that lead to Byzantium and the Orient. Thus, some Arabian silver coins, viking swords and spearheads made their way here. Relations with Scandinavia grew stronger after the IX century. Era of 600 years to 1050 years is called the Viking age in Estonia.

There are sagas talking about the Viking raids to Estonia. On several occasions, they brag about conquering all of the peoples around the Baltic Sea. These are yet to be confirmed and the vikings had probably no real long term success. Estonia, most likely, served as a mediator between the vikings and Eastern nations. The most important achievement of the Vikings, which soon affected Estonia in a very direct manner, was the founding of Old-Russia in around 862 AD.

Source: A.Mäesalu, T. Lukas, M. Laur, T. Tannberg "Eesti ajalugu I" 1997 "Avita"

Image source: "Eesti Ajaloo Atlas"

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