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Maptour: The Printed Word 1752 – 1900
The Weekly

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Graph: Numbers of Newspapers

Try This:

  • Keep open the interactive map “Regional spread of newspapers 1752-1900.”
  • Click on the "Related Materials" drop-down menu and select Graphs - “Number of Newspapers.”

Notice ...

  • In the 19th century practically all Canadian newspapers were published once a week.
  • Between the 1850s and the 1890s the number of newspapers published in Canada tripled in all regions except Newfoundland and New Brunswick.
  • These graphs offer no clues regarding newspaper circulation.


  • Instantaneous awareness of events worldwide, which is the news reporting capability of the 21st century, was completely beyond the comprehension (and perhaps concern) of newspaper readers in 19th-century Canada.