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First printing press in Boston

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1638
In 1638, the first printing press arrived in Boston.

By 1700, Boston became the second largest publishing center of the English Empire. The Puritans were the first to write books for children, and to discuss the difficulties in communicating with them. At a time when other Americans were physically blazing trails through the forests, the Puritans efforts in areas of study were advancing the country intellectually.

The Bible stimulated their  intellect by promoting discussions of literature. Greek classics, Cicero, Virgil, Terence and Ovid were taught, as well as some poetry and Latin verse. The Puritans also encouraged themselves to create their own poetry, always religious in content.

Anyway, three English diversions were banned in thePuritans' New England colonies: drama, religious music and erotic poetry. The first and last of these because they led to immorality. Music in worship, instead,  created a "dreamy" state which was not conducive in listening to God.

The first newspaper was issued in Boston in 1704.

 

 

 


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