Pacific Commercial Advertiser Now on Chronicling America

On July 2, 1856, a new age of journalism in Hawaii emerged. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (PCA), the predecessor of The Honolulu Advertiser, debuted its first issue.

In an editorial, founder Henry Whitney says,

“THANK HEAVEN, the day at length has dawned when the Hawaiian Nation can boast a free press, untrammelled by government patronage or party pledges, unbiased by ministrel frowns or favors–a press whose aim shall be the advancement of the nation in its commercial, political and social condition.”

Issues of the PCA from 1856 to 1883 are now available on Chronicling America. Check it out!

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