How Florida’s newspapers grew, prospered and struggled

Editor’s be aware: This text was initially revealed in FORUM: The Journal of the Florida Humanities, Fall 2021, problem. It has been edited for size.

It was 1782, the final yr of the American Revolution, when British loyalist Dr. William Charles Wells arrived in St. Augustine. The South Carolinian introduced with him a pressman, a “appreciable quantity of printer’s kind,” and a dream.

On Feb. 1, 1783, Wells launched Florida’s first newspaper, The East-Florida Gazette.

In its third problem, readers realized a couple of new liquor regulation, the standard of native bread and “riotous issues” that precipitated “the

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