Web Site of the Week: The Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1800
The Pennsylvania Gazette, founded in 1728 and purchased by Benjamin Franklin the next year, was considered the most successful newspaper in the colonies. It published the first political cartoon in American history and ran for over 70 years before closing shop a decade after Franklin’s death. Sponsored by Accessible Archives, this site includes a brief but fascinating chronicle of the paper, as well as almost a dozen blog posts highlighting original content from the paper. Blog posts include “His Majesty’s Desertions from Autumn 1758,” originally published in the Gazette on November 9, 1758, and the “Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783,” originally published on December 3, 1783. [CNH]
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