The next migration came from the east, following "Erik the Red" Thorwaldsson's exploration of the southern coast of Greenland between 982 and 985 AD. In 986, he led a group of Viking
families from Iceland, and settled at Brattahlid, traditionally known as Qassiarsuk (route map
). The climate at this time was very warm, much wamer than it is today, and crops were able to do well. It seems likely that the name "Greenland" was given to the country,
not just as wishful thinkful, but because it was a climatic fact at that time.