posted by Asia

Why did the newspaper Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick start in the first half of the 18th century?

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  1. bobpursley

    I don't know of a definitive answer to that, certainly the publisher Harris wanted to make a living with it. He did want to operate a non governmental or party supported paper, those to date did not exist. The paper had one issue, three pages, and was shut down.

  2. SraJMcGin

    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Here is some history on that for you:

    1. http://www.common-place.org/publick/200510.shtml

    2. http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hp/colonial/Nchr/Subjects/elliott.htm

    3. From the Massachusetts Historial Society: Publick Occurrences

    The Boston News-Letter was not, however, the first newspaper ever published in the colonies (simply the first to survive). That honor goes to another Boston publication Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick which appeared in a single issue on 25 September 1690. Richard Pierce printed Publick Occurrences for Benjamin Harris and its stated purpose was that "the country shall be furnished once a month with an account of such considerable things as have arrived unto our notice." Benjamin Harris was a printer and bookseller who had arrived in Boston from London in 1686, after encountering trouble with the authorities over certain of his publications. Unfortunately for Harris, conflict with the authorities continued in his new home. Although Publick Occurrences was apparently a great popular success, the authorities were not amused by either the contents (insinuations of incest in the French royal family) or the fact that Harris published the paper without legal authority. On 29 September, the Governor and Council of Massachusetts issued a broadside order (see the online display of the broadside) forbidding the publication of "anything in Print without License first obtained from those that are or shall be appointed by the Government to grant the same."

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