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Tobacco from the West Indies...

Item # 617314

March 11, 1666

THE LONDON GAZETTE, March 11, 1666  (by today's calendar this would be 1667) 

* Earliest of newspapers to be had
* The Great Plague in Europe

Much news from various cities in Europe with the front page having reports from "Malaga" that includes: "Our latest Letters from Algier inform us, that their Men of War have not of late met with any considerable adventures in their cruising, only on Ostender, a Pink having fallen into their hands, which they brought in there, and sunk a Spaniard, that was returning from the West-Indies, laden with Tobacco and other Merchandises of the Countreys..." and a bit more (see).
The back page has a military report from Europe which mentions in part: "...as in a place of greatest security for him during the infection of the Plague, which rages violently in his camp..." (see). The Great Plague was still raging in many parts of Europe at this time.
     Complete as a single sheet newspaper, 7 by 11 inches, greaet condition. An extremely early issue of this title, the oldest continually published English language newspaper in the world, having begun just the previous year in 1665 and still printing today. This is issue #137.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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