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Board of Trade and Secretaries of State: America and West Indies, Original Correspondence

CO 5
Board of Trade and Secretaries of State: America and West Indies, Original Correspondence

This series comprises the original correspondence and entry books of the Board of Trade and the Secretaries of State, together with the acts, sessional papers and miscellaneous records relating to colonies in North America and the West Indies.


By colony or province

Related Material:
See also CO 1
For further records relating to the West Indies see CO 318
For records of the East Florida Claims Commission see T 77
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
1450 bundles and volumes
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 to 1782 colonial affairs were the responsibility of the Board of Trade and the secretaries of state in partnership. Thereafter, the Home Office held responsibility until 1801 when the War and Colonial Department was established.

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