The start of the Printing Press
by Jaida Square
About the Printing Press
The Printing Press allowed for the democratizing of knowledge of a greater number of individuals were provided access to more information. The printing press was made in Europe by Johann Gutenburg in 1452. While the printing press did not have any significant immediate effects on societal literacy, over the next few decades as more information through the written word was deseminated. This technology advanced mass literacy. The printing press made a huge impact throughout the years of 1450-1500. Columbus's first letter was spread through the same year of 1493 and it started from Lisbon. Copies were spread in western Europe, in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
(The printing Press and Its "Impact" on Literacy, The Impact of Movable Type Printing Press, The Diffusion of Columbus's Letter through Europe, 1493,1497)