The exploration of
North America by non-indigenous people was a continuing effort to map and explore the continent of North America. It spanned centuries, and consisted of efforts by numerous people and expeditions from various foreign countries to map the continent. The
European colonization of the Americas followed.
L'Anse aux Meadows, an
archaeological site on the northernmost tip of
Newfoundland, and a second site in southwestern Newfoundland, are the only known sites of a Norse village in North America outside of Greenland. These sites are notable for their possible connections with the attempted colony of
Vinland established by
Leif Erikson in 1003.