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Photo of a Viking. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2016.

The image above depicts Norsemen arriving in the New World. According to historians and archaeologists, which of the following best explains why Norsemen were able to reach the New World several centuries before Columbus?

A

Wealth gained through plunder helped finance the expedition.

B

The end of the "Little Ice Age" by the 10th Century permitted sea travel beyond Europe.

C

They were able to sustain the harsh conditions of trans-Atlantic voyage.

D

The Norse boasted superior shipbuilding methods.

E

The Norse boasted superior astronomy and cartography skills.

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