"But early one morning, as spring drew near, they saw before their eyes a vast number of skin boats rowing around the cape from the south. The bay was dotted with them, as if it had been strewn with pieces of charcoal, and on every one the sticks were waving. Karlsevni's men raised their shields, and when the two parties met, they started trading with each other. These people wanted most of all to buy red cloth."
In modern Icelandic, skraelingi means "foreigner or barbarian."
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