Primary and Secondary Sources

to Support Inquiry Projects about Colonial Connecticut

 

The Venture Smith Homestead

More about Venture Smith

Link to Venture Smith’s full original Narrative as published in 1798

“The Venture Smith Homestead ” Archaeological Dig Booklet

View of Venture Smith’s Land by John Warner Barber

Land Sale, James Green to Venture Smith, June 1793

 

Slavery

Runaway Ads, a project of Wesleyan University

Caesar & Lois Peters: Elijah Graves Tells What Happened

Death of Zeno, a girl of age 6 or 7, Diary of Joshua Hempstead, 1750

Testimony of Elijah Graves

Laws about Slavery, 1690

Laws about Slavery, 1702

Laws about Slavery, 1708

Law about Slavery, 1715

Laws about Slavery, 1723

Gradual Emancipation Act, 1784

An Act to Prevent (End) Slavery, 1848

MAP: Overview of the Slave Trade Out of Africa, 1500 – 1900. This map is a secondary source. It was created by SlaveVoyages.org. This map shows that the United States was just one place that enslaved people were brought by force to between 1500 and 1900.

 

African Americans in Colonial Connecticut

Cuffee Wells, Revolutionary War soldier, Gilder Lehrman Center

Population Chart 1774 & 1790

Other Websites

Ancient Burying Ground: Profiles of Africans and Native Americans in Hartford in the Colonial Era

Connecticut Freedom Trail

Witness Stones Project, Guilford

Witness Stones Project, West Hartford

 

 

Native Americans in Colonial Connecticut

See also Laws about Slavery

Library of Congress

Early Dutch Map of New England, 1630

Map showing Sachemdoms circa 1625

Declaration of War against the Pequot

Map of Native American Tribes at the time of the Pequot War, 1637

Hartford Treaty ending the Pequot War, 1638

Notice to the Sachems to Keep Away on Sunday, 1652

Samson Occom

Map of Mohegan Lands, 1736

Other Websites

Ancient Burying Ground: Profiles of Africans and Native Americans in Hartford in the Colonial Era

 

Colonial Government

Early Colonial records including declaration of war against the Pequot

Declaration of War against the Pequot, May 1, 1637. Colonial Records, vol. 1

Hartford Treaty ending the Pequot War, 1638

Services of a Doctor in the River Towns, 1652

Notice to the Sachems to Keep Away on Sunday, 1652

Diary of Joshua Hempstead, Excerpt from 1750

An Act to Prevent (End) Slavery, 1848

 

 

Census Data

Connecticut by County, 1782

Africans & African Americans by Connecticut County, 1774 & 1790

 

Maps

Source: The History of the Pequot War, The Helman-Taylor Company, 1897

Early Dutch Map of New England, 1630

Map showing Sachemdoms circa 1625 (UConn)

Map of Native American Tribes at the time of the Pequot War, 1637

Map of Mohegan Lands, 1736

MAP: Overview of the Slave Trade Out of Africa, 1500 – 1900. This map is a secondary source. It was created by SlaveVoyages.org. This map shows that the United States was just one place that enslaved people were brought by force to between 1500 and 1900.

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