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RG 001:005, Records of the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library
Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven established a confederation known as the United Colonies of New England. Also known as the New England Confederation, the alliance served to protect its members from Indian attacks, and its commissioners—two from each colony, with six votes needed to approve any decision—met to resolve disputes over trade, boundaries, and religion. The confederation’s decisions and recommendations were advisory rather than mandatory, however, and its influence proved weak until its dissolution when Massachusetts’ charter was revoked in 1684.
Source: "United Colonies of New England established," The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, accessed May 9, 2012, http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/thirteen-colonies/timeline-terms/united-colonies-new-england-established.
Minutes, records of acts, letters, etc. of the New England Confederation that was comprised of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven. Volume 53 also includes records of the Court of Assistants, May 11, 1669 - October 7, 1686 and October 1, 1696 - October 3, 1701.
Arranged in 2 volumes numbered within the larger collection of Early General Records as volumes 52-53. There are no other volume numbers assigned.
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Connecticut -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Massachusetts -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
New England -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
New England -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Sources
Connecticut. Court of Assistants
Available on microfilm. EGR volumes 52-53 are on Reel LH 4419/20 (LDS 0003667).
Volume 53, Court of Assistants records has been transcribed in Colony of Connecticut : minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711 [StLib History Reference F97 .C67 2009 1776-].
Ward, Henry M. The United Colonies of New England, 1643-90. New York: Vantage Press, 1961.