Thursday, December 22, 2016

America's Dusty Files - December 22, 1719 - American Weekly Mercury Begins Publication

A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
December 22, 1719 - American Weekly Mercury Begins Publication
Andrew Bradford began publication of Philadelphia’s first newspaper, the American Weekly Mercury
Andrew Bradford (1686 – November 24, 1742)
Born into a printing family in 1686, Andrew's father, William, was a printer as were his grandfathers. The family moved to New York when he was six years old. While in New York, his father taught him the printing trade. His father had set up the first print shop in Philadelphia before his move to New York. Andrew moved back to Philadelphia in 1712 and opened his first print shop in 1719. Bradford employed young Benjamin Franklin when he came to Philadelphia.
American Weekly Mercury
The newspaper was the fourth in the American English colonies and the first in the middle colonies. The newspaper ceased publication in 1749 after being successful for many years.

Indiana's history begins many decades before December 11, 1816 when Indiana became a state. The first foundations of Indiana's were laid with the voyages of Christopher Columbus and the settlement that came later. The American History A Day at A Time - 2015 series is in an easy to read "This Day in History," format and includes articles by the author from that series. The reader may read the articles as they appear, or purchase the book:
A Year of Colonial American Frontier History

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