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Award winning Colonial America resource, ‘Module II Towards Revolution’ now available from Adam Matthew

August 16, 2016

(Marlborough, UK). Digital publisher Adam Matthew has today published Colonial America Module II: Towards Revolution- the second instalment of a five-module resource featuring the complete CO 5 class at The National Archives, UK.

Described as an “indispensable” resource for researchers of the early-modern Atlantic world and winner of Library Journal’s Best Reference Award 2015, Colonial America enables online access to original correspondence between the British government and the governments of the American colonies for the first time, making it a uniquely rich resource for historians of the period 1606 to 1822.

Focusing on the 1760s and 1770s, Module II provides an abundance of unique material for the study of the social and political protest that led to the Declaration of Independence and the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. Researchers are also invited to study a wealth of material relating to military affairs and Native Americans.

Highlights include:

  • Intercepted French military correspondence (often enciphered), with translations (1756-1761).
  • Narrative of Facts Relative to American Affairs, a direct response of the British government to disturbances in the American colonies, detailing the early stages of the revolution and the wrangles over duties and customs, particularly in Massachusetts (1768).
  • A deed addressed to King George III from the Six Nations Indians (1768).
  • Numerous maps and building plans, including of forts and army encampments along the St Lawrence River (1760), a plan of the town and harbour of Nassau in the Bahamas (1770), and a map of Georgia, drawn up as part of material relating to the cession of Indian lands (1774).
  • A data association tool provides wider research opportunities by allowing users to discover trends between people, places and keywords within and throughout documents across the entire resource.

S. Max Edelson, University of Virginia said:

“Scholars and students of the American Revolution will reach for this resource as the indispensable first stop for researching the contexts and events that led to independence”.

Colonial America Module I: Early Settlement, Expansion and Rivalries and Module II: Towards Revolution, are both available for free 30-day trial now – email


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