Top ten: 16th and 17th centuries…
December 7, 2009 by TimHughes
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As Guy introduced a few days ago, we will use the Mondays of December to consider the top ten events
to be found in newspapers for various periods of time. In a few cases the desired "event" is actually a specific newspaper.
Today we consider the 16th & 17th centuries, which is a bit difficult as the mere existence of newspapers--or even their predecessors: newsbooks--is limited. And all would be European, as no American newspapers existed in this time period (only exception noted below). Nonetheless I've created what I consider to be the top ten historical events or newspapers collectors would love to add to their collections.
I do offer apologies to our non-American friends as this list, and those to follow, have a decidedly American bias, primarily because the vast majority of those who purchase from us are American. But there are a few European events noted.
Here we go, beginning with number ten and ending with the most desired event or newspaper:
10) Coronation of William & Mary
, 1689 (after all, they were the king & queen of colonial residents as well. Almost like a very early Presidential "inauguration")
9) King Philip's War
, 1675-6 (America's first war)
8.) William Penn's charter for land in the New World, & his settlement there
, 1682 (an issue of the London Gazette includes: "...Mr. Penn bound for Pennsylvania with a great many Quakers to settle there...")
7) Capture of Capt. Kidd near Boston
, 1699 (who wouldn't want a period report of this very famous pirate)
6) Defeat of the Spanish Armada
, 1588 (my one entry from the 16th century; available in period newsbooks)
5) Great Fire of London, 1666
4) The volume 1 number 1 issue of the Oxford Gazette
, Nov. 16, 1665 (great to have the first issue of the world's oldest continually published newspaper: become the London Gazette with issue #24)
3) Salem Witchcraft trials
, 1692 (famous event, but try to find period reports of it!)
2) Settlement in the "New World" from 1607-1630
(from the very earliest period of European settlements in America, predating newspapers but newsbooks did exist)
1) Public Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick
, Boston, Sept. 25, 1690 (America's first newspaper. To this date only one issue has surfaced. Could there be another?)
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