the New York Times is digitized from 1851.....
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The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
pull down the archive shade, select 1851-1981
for a specific date just search: august 25, 1857 for example.
I was just reading that date and about the intended seizure of Formosa because the Chinese government seized property from some US merchants.
Hmmmm, was the bosturd Bush already in charge back in those days. And of course our great emancipator immediately gave the island back when he was elected, I suspect.