Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick was the title of the first multi-page newspaper published in the Americas. A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. Before then, single-page newspapers, called broadsides, were published in the English colonies and printed in Cambridge in 1689. A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. A broadside is a large sheet of paper generally printed on one side and folded into a smaller size often used as a direct-mail piece or for door-to-door distribution The first edition was published September 25, 1690, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was intended to be published monthly, "or, if any Glut of Occurrences happen, oftener. Events 303 - On a voyage preaching the Gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France " It was printed by Richard Pierce and edited by Benjamin Harris (publisher), who had previously published a newspaper in London. Benjamin Harris was a former publisher of Whig books pamphlets and a newspaper in London. The paper contained four six by ten inch pages, and filled only three of them.
No second edition was printed, as the paper was shut down by the government. The Governor and Council, on Sept. 29th, 1690, issued an order as follows:
"Whereas some have lately presumed to Print and Disperse a Pamphlet, Entitled, Publick Occurrences, both Forreign and Domestick: Boston, Thursday, Septemb. 25th, 1690. Without the least Privity and Countenace of Authority. The Governour and Council having had the perusal of said Pamphlet, and finding that therein contained Reflections of a very high nature: As also sundry doubtful and uncertain Reports, do hereby manifest and declare their high Resentment and Disallowance of said Pamphlet, and Order that the same be Suppressed and called in; strickly forbidden any person or persons for the future to Set forth any thing in Print without License first obtained from those that are or shall be appointed by the Government to grant the same. "