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The Readex database will allow you to search newspapers beginning with the pre-colonial era around 1690.
Early American Newspapers (1690-1876), Series I (NewsBank/Readex)
Provides complete full text/full image access to over 700 historical American newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia printed between 1690 and 1876. The bulk of the collection is from the 18th century and is based on Clarence S. Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820 as well as other authoritative bibliographies.