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Jamaica –The History of the Printed Word & The evolution of "The Daily Gleaner"

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In this age of the Internet with instant access to news from almost every corner of the Planet, it may surprise you to know that in the 1600s, printing was regulated by the British Government and restricted to Cambridge and Oxford Universities. However, printing in Jamaica started in 1718 with the publication of the Weekly Jamaica Courant, “which holds the distinction of being the second regular newspaper in the “Americas”. This week BackyardLabrish will bring to life yet another historical story - the birth of “The Daily Gleaner”, taken from Dr. Rebecca Tortello’s article, “Pieces of the Past”. (Jamaica Gleaner). Pull up a chair and join us in the Backyard as we explore the “Printed Word”