Colonial America

Colonial America is a five-module resource (released over five years) featuring all 1,450 files of the CO 5 class at The National Archives, UK. The collection consists of the original correspondence between the Board of Trade and Secretaries of State and the English, later British, colonies in North America and the Caribbean. Access is currently available to Module 1 ("Early Expansion and Rivalries") and Module 2 ("Towards Revolution"). The first module documents the early history of the colonies, and includes founding charters, material on the effects of 1688’s Glorious Revolution in North America, records of piracy and seaborne rivalry with the French and Spanish, and copious military material from the French and Indian War of 1756-63. The second module focuses on the 1760s and 1770s and the social and political protest that led to the Declaration of Independence, including legal materials covering the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. It is also particularly rich in material relating to military affairs and Native Americans.

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Adam Matthew


North America



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