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What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Advertisements should be inserted in the Newport and Providence News-Papers, calling upon all Persons to bring in their Old Tenor Bills.” Colonists often found information...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Mar 2021

The Board of Trade and Plantations, 1688–1761

There were four bodies that directly influenced England’s relationship with her American colonies; they were the King (a body of one), the Privy Council... The post The Board of Trade and Plantations, 1688–1761 appeared first on Journal of...

How Robert Morris’s “Magick” Money Saved the American Revolution

The year 1780 ended badly, and the new year boded worse for America’s War of Independence. Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold’s treason and defection to... The post How Robert Morris’s “Magick” Money Saved the American Revolution...

Continental Congress vs. Continental Army: Paying For It All

When the Second Continental Congress met in June 1775, they were not prepared for what they found. Several months earlier on April 19 the... The post Continental Congress vs. Continental Army: Paying For It All appeared first on Journal of the American...

Golden Hill Roundtable: “Commerce is Trust”

This week at the Junto, we’ll be featuring a roundtable on Francis Spufford’s 2016 novel, Golden Hill (Faber & Faber: London, 2016). Set in colonial New York city, and written in self-conscious homage to eighteenth-century literary style,...
From: The Junto on 2 Jul 2018


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? New-Hampshire Gazette (November 20, 1767).“Prevent the Money’s going out of the Province to the Detriment of every Individual.” Advertisements for almanacs...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Nov 2017

Coins Found In New England.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 2 Sep 2017

April 4

GUEST CURATOR: Megan Watts What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (April 4, 1767).“Said OLNEY has a few goods remaining yet unsold, which he will sell cheap for cash.” I chose this advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Apr 2017

Astrolabes on Iraqi Banknotes

In 2003 the Coalition Provisional Authority that governed Iraq issued a new 250 dinar note decorated with an astrolabe.[1]In late 2003 the Coalition Provisional Authority governing Iraq introduced new banknotes and coins to replace the Hussein government’s...
From: Darin Hayton on 12 Dec 2016

The Dollar in Revolutionary America

“Pennies make dollars” is a phrase that has been around a long time and we all know what it means. But, how many pennies... The post The Dollar in Revolutionary America appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Faking It: British Counterfeiting During the American Revolution

The American Revolution was very much a case of David versus Goliath. A relatively small group of colonists decided that they wanted to break free of the home government, which in this case just happened to be one of the most powerful nations on the globe....

How was the Revolutionary War paid for?

It’s one thing to make speeches about declaring independence, or to assemble militias and discuss battle tactics against the enemy. It’s quite another thing to pay for it all. So how do you pay for a war that no one expected to last eight years? Great...

The Currency Act: A Problem and a Solution

During the first half of the eighteenth century, there was a limited amount of specie or “hard money” in the American Colonies. There were three reasons for this: there were no established gold or silver mines; there was restrictive trade with the...

Glasgow Advertiser, 14 January 1793, p. 2

As the following Speech of Gen. Washington at the opening of the Congress of the United States at New York, Nov. 6 1792, gives an impartial account of the situation of tha coun- try, we are persuaded it will be found not un- entertaining to our readers. Fellow...

The Worth of a Continental

The American army during the Revolution consisted of three basic varieties of units—militia, state troops, and the Continental Army. Beginning with the earliest communities, militia served as a short-term local defense force raised by towns. The men...

1764 Revolution Rising - The Currency Act

.On September 1, 1764, Parliament passed the Currency Act, effectively assuming control of the colonial currency system. The act prohibited the issue of any new bills and the reissue of existing currency. Parliament favored a "hard currency" system based...
From: 18th-century American Women on 25 Jul 2013

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