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Record No: mha00000537
Fonds Title:Colonial Office fonds
Series Title: Series CO 390
Dates: 1675-1731
Location: Mic. 1-6-2-3
Level of Description: Series
Extent: 1 reel of microfilm
Restrictions: Board of Trade. (Commercial), Miscellanea
Scope and Content: Series consists of Colonial Office record series 390 and contains miscellaneous trade statistics, Customs House accounts, reports, etc., derived from the Commercial series of papers of the old Board of Trade and its predecessors. When the bodies charged with plantation affairs were established in the early seventeenth century, the chief concern was with trade, but under the Commonwealth, plantation business was increased substantially beyond mere trade. The loss of the American colonies led in 1782 to the abolition of the Board, and later to the attachment of its records to the archives of the Colonial Office.
Though subordinated to the plantation duties of the Board, its commercial functions were never entirely neglected. Merchants petitioned the Board, the Government required its advice on matters of trade, and British government representatives reported to and corresponded with the Board. Consequently its plantation papers were supplemented by a substantial and varied accumulation of commercial papers, which often were also of colonial importance.
The MHA has volume 6 of this series only. (1675-1731). It contains statistical information on exports and imports, shipping etc., 1677-1731; gold and silver coined in the Tower, 1689-1710; naval stores imported, 1701-1727; and the fishery and population of Newfoundland, 1675-1731. The names of clerks, ship's captains and others connected with each collection are usually noted at the beginning of each section. Much of the import and export information pertains to the West Indies, Spain and Portugal. Newfoundland tables are found both at the beginning and the end of the volume.
Other Physical Formats: Series consists of Colonial Office record series 390 and contains miscellaneous trade statistics, Customs House accounts, reports, etc., derived from the Commercial series of papers of the old Board of Trade and its predecessors. When the bodies charged with plantation affairs were established in the early seventeenth century, the chief concern was with trade, but under the Commonwealth, plantation business was increased substantially beyond mere trade. The loss of the American colonies led in 1782 to the abolition of the Board, and later to the attachment of its records to the archives of the Colonial Office.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 41


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