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Calendar of State Papers (Colonial) (1513-1739)

This collection deals with British colonies, such as the West Indies, America, the East Indies, Japan, China, and Persia. The Library holds 1 volume of general information for the period 1574-1660, 5 volumes covering the period 1513 to 1634 for the East Indies, and 39 volumes covering 1661 to 1739 for America and the West Indies. These latter volumes contain indexed transcripts and abstracts of a wide range of documents relating to England’s governance of activities in the American, Canadian and West Indian colonies. The material includes correspondence to and from colonial governors, orders and grants from central government to local administration, and information from the localities. 

The earliest English settlements in North America, encounters with Native Americans, piracy in the Atlantic and Caribbean, the trade in slaves and English conflicts with the Spanish and French are all covered in this series. There is also information on agriculture, land grants, relations with the French, Spanish and Dutch, and industries such as ship building and fisheries. Topics covered in the East India series include papers connected with early voyages for the discovery of a north-west or other passage to India or ‘Cathay’ (China), the establishment and activities of the East India Company, the commencement of commercial relations with Persia (Iran), trade tensions with the Portuguese, Spanish and the Dutch, and the opening up of communications with Japan. (45 volumes, published 1860-1969).