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About Colonial State Papers

How and why to use Colonial State Papers.

Why use this resource? Use to locate primary source materials from the 16th to 18th centuries relating to Britain's presence and activities in America, Canada, and the West Indies.

What's in this resource?  Documents from the British National Archives relating to British colonies in North America and the West Indies. Many documents have been scanned and provide full-text images, others provide bibliographic citations. Full-text is available for (CO1) Privy Council and Related Bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers, while the Calender of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739 provides descriptive bibliographic information.


US and World History

Political Science




Dates of Coverage
16th - 18th centuries
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