Question of the Day

Yesterday's question of the day asked: Some have identified Captain John Smith, leader of the Jamestown settlement, as the first English reporter in the American colonies. What was the nature of his publication, and what was it called? The answer we were looking for was Smith's newsletter, which was called Newes from Virginia and which was first published in 1608. Several people also suggested it was Smith's letters, titled "A True Relation of Such Occurrences and Accidents of Note As Hath Happened in Virginia," which we also accepted!

Seeing as we accepted two answers, we'll name two winners ... and it's a tie between our two favorite Tampa Bay Times journalists, with Ken Walker being the first to answer the former answer and Craig Pittman being the first to answer the latter! Honorable mentions also go out to Edward TennerRachel Roh, and freelance journalist Amy Zipkin

As for today's question, it's in a similar vein: This unsigned series of newspaper articles may have been written by Samuel Adams, and spread unsettling (and perhaps spurious) information about the British in Boston, in order to stir unrest. What was it called, and when did it cease publication?

Click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

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