Vinland is the name given to the area of coastal North America and Newfoundland explored by Norse Vikings. For centuries, there was no proof that Vinland referred to North America, or that it had existed at all. It was considered legend, and the Greenland and Vinland Sagas that described it were considered literary fictions. In 1960, archaeological evidence of a Norse settlement in North America was found at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland. The discovery removed Vinland from the realm of lore and mythic geography and proved once and for all that Christopher Columbus was not the first European to reach North America.