From Today in Media History’s archives: First colonial newspaper published in 1690

Today in Media History is taking a break for the holidays. During that time, we’re sharing some popular posts from Today in Media History’s archives. This post originally ran on Sept. 25.

On September 25, 1690, the first colonial newspaper in America,
Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, was published.
Although some English newspapers and single-page broadsides had been
available to read before, this was the first true multi-page colonial newspaper.
However, it was suppressed after its first edition. The British governor forced publisher Benjamin Harris and printer Richard Pierce to close down the newspaper for “reflections of a very high nature” and for failing to obtain a correct printing license. Harris hoped to publish the Boston newspaper every month, but his September 25th edition remained the only issue printed.

Poynter.org Image

Poynter.org Image

Here is some background from Encyclopedia of American Literature /
Facts On File about Benjamin Harris and Publick Occurrences:

“….Harris established a bookselling and printing shop and maintained
a coffee shop, possibly at the same location, which became known as
the London Coffee-House.

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