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New Database: Colonial America

The library recently acquired a new database, Colonial America from Adam Matthew Digital.

Colonial America will consist of all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series of Colonial Office files held at The National Archives in London, plus all extracted documents associated with them. This unique collection of largely manuscript material from the archives of the British government is an invaluable one for students and researchers of all aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history and the early-modern Atlantic world.

Covering the period 1606 to 1822, CO 5 constitutes the original correspondence of the the colonial governments with the Board of Trade, the Secretary of State for the Southern Department and the Secretary of State for the Colonies, together holding responsibility for the British possessions in mainland North America and the Caribbean.



Map Gallery

Along with a large collection of manuscripts Colonial America also includes an easy to use Map Gallery.


Seal Doc

Seal Page

Documents relating to the ship Mary Ann, 22 Aug 1700,

© Crown Copyright documents © are reproduced by permission of The National Archives London; UK