(Chapter 6, page 46: …birthplace of Jón Sigurdsson who led Iceland’s struggle for
independence in the 19th century *)
Jón Sigurðsson (1811 – 1879) born at Hrafnseyri; called for the Althing to be re-established, maintained that Danish rule over Iceland was unnatural, as it was based upon one nation oppressing another. The people of Iceland numbered just under 60,000 at that time. Jón Sigurðsson was president of the Icelandic Literary Society in Copenhagen, hence he came to be known among Icelanders as “President Jón”. After his death in 1879, Sigurðsson attained iconic status among Icelanders.
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