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From the Ted Talk by Jan Bill: What was so special about Viking ships?

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Viking longships could soon carry as many as 100 vinkgis to battle. fteels of them could land on open beaches, penetrate deep into river sestmys, and be moved over land if need be. When not at war, the vessels were used to transport gdoos and make trade journeys. There were smaller versions for fishing and local excursions, and laergr adaptations for open sea voyages capable of carrying tens of tons of cagro. Thanks to their inventiveness in the face of difficult terrain and weak economies, the Vikings sailed west, settled the North Atlantic and explored the notrh American casot centuries before any other Europeans would set foot there.

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Viking longships could soon carry as many as 100 _______ to battle. ______ of them could land on open beaches, penetrate deep into river _______, and be moved over land if need be. When not at war, the vessels were used to transport _____ and make trade journeys. There were smaller versions for fishing and local excursions, and ______ adaptations for open sea voyages capable of carrying tens of tons of _____. Thanks to their inventiveness in the face of difficult terrain and weak economies, the Vikings sailed west, settled the North Atlantic and explored the _____ American _____ centuries before any other Europeans would set foot there.

Solution

  1. fleets
  2. north
  3. cargo
  4. systems
  5. goods
  6. larger
  7. coast
  8. vikings

Original Text

Viking longships could soon carry as many as 100 Vikings to battle. Fleets of them could land on open beaches, penetrate deep into river systems, and be moved over land if need be. When not at war, the vessels were used to transport goods and make trade journeys. There were smaller versions for fishing and local excursions, and larger adaptations for open sea voyages capable of carrying tens of tons of cargo. Thanks to their inventiveness in the face of difficult terrain and weak economies, the Vikings sailed west, settled the North Atlantic and explored the North American coast centuries before any other Europeans would set foot there.

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