The Globe began as a weekly newspaper on March 5, 1844. From August 1844 it was printed on the first cylinder press in Canada West. The press was able to print 1,250 papers in one hour, many more than the old Washington hand press which could only produce 200 an hour. In September 1846, The Globe became a semi-weekly, in 1849 it became weekly again, and soon tri-weekly editions were established. The Globe was very popular for providing information on the anti-slavery movements in the United States, Great Britain, and the British North American colonies during the 1840s and 1850s and was one of the leading advocates of the Canadian anti-slavery movement.
By the 1850s, The Globe was an independent newspaper and moved toward a radical, Clear Grit position. The first overseas correspondent from a Toronto newspaper was sent to Great Britain in 1851 by The Globe. On October 1, 1853, The Daily Globe appeared, and from 1861 to 1911 both morning and evening editions were published.
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