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Colonies in America: Commerce, Business, and the Economy

Statistics & Data

This section is predominantly devoted to sources that provide statistical data and numbers on the Colonies and colonial activities.

A particular focus is trade information because of its importance. Very general export information covering 1697-1789 was published in 1884 by Charles Evans in Exports, Domestic and Foreign, from the American Colonies to Great Britain, from 1697 to 1790, inclusive and reprinted in several other places. However, it only includes the total exports and by colonies for New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, Carolina, Georgia. For those researchers who want more detail this section should be able to help. Some of the detailed trade information found in the records below was derived in part from Colonial Office materials so information on this topic may be found in those sources as well as in the Adam Matthew subscription database Colonial America; the latter is available only onsite at the Library of Congress or through another subscribing institution. The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.