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Iceland - History

Iceland - History
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.42

     challenging words:    ruling, parliamentary, greatly, far-off, better, resent, unrest, hideaway, political, kingdom, independence, constitution, lasted, industry, flee, exploration
     content words:    Atlantic Ocean, Leif Erikkson, North America, Hakon Hakonarson, Mount Hekla, World War II, United States, Many Icelanders, But Iceland

Iceland - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman

1     There is an island in the north Atlantic Ocean that has been giving and receiving when it comes to exploration. For many years, this island was a place to hide. It later became a home base for explorations to far-off places. For many years, the world was greatly affected by this island. The name of this island is Iceland.
2     The first people known to live in Iceland were monks from the nearby island nation of Ireland. The monks thought of Iceland as a kind of hideaway, where they could practice their religion alone. The monks stayed there until the 9th century AD. About that same time, there were conflicts in Scandinavia. These conflicts caused many people to flee. Many people from Norway left to settle in Iceland. This happened during the 9th and 10th centuries.
3     Because of all the problems they had when they left Norway's king and queen, the Norwegians set up a parliamentary government. Do you know what a parliamentary government is? It is a kind of government that has a ruling body. This body is made up of many elected officials.

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