Privy Council and related bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers (General Series)

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Privy Council and related bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers (General Series)

This series relates to the American and West Indian colonies and includes some records of the Board of Trade. It ends virtually in 1688, after which date most of the American papers are to be found in CO 5, and the West Indian ones in CO 318 and under the various colonies.

Please note: digital copies of selected records within this series can be accessed online (specific links for the relevant documents are provided at piece or item level) .

Related Material:
For the America colonies see CO 5
For further correspondence relating to the West Indies see CO 318
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   General file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
69 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Available in digital format unless otherwise stated
Publication note:
Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, 1574-1739 (HMSO, 1860-1994; CDROM edition, Routledge, 2000)
Administrative / biographical background:

Before 1696 matters concerning the colonies were dealt with primarily by the Privy Council and its committees. The first special body convened to advise on colonial (plantation) questions was the Commission of Trade set up in 1625. From 1696 onwards colonial affairs were the responsibililty of the Board of Trade and the secretaries of state in partnership.

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