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

Early Clue about Slavery in Connecticut and New York, 1663

Laws about Slavery, 1690

Laws about Slavery, 1702

Laws about Slavery, 1708

Law about Slavery, 1715

Laws about Slavery, 1723

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

Testimony of Elijah Graves

Boyrereau Brinch’s Experience of Slavery in Connecticut, 1763 – 1784

Rev. Levi Hart Calls for an End to Slavery, 1774

An Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves, 1774

Prime & Prince of Fairfield, Petition to End Slavery, 1779

Caesar & Lois Peters: Elijah Graves Tells What Happened

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.

Runaway Ads, a project of Wesleyan University

 

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

John Winthrop Jr Scouts a Location for a Settlement, 1645

Notice to the Sachems to Keep Away on Sunday, 1652

John Griffin, Massacoe, and Simsbury’s Early Connection to Shipbuilding, 1663

Uncas and the Border Dispute with New London, 1663

Samson Occom

Map of Mohegan Lands, 1736

Letter from Rev. Joseph Fish requesting support for a school on the Eastern Pequot Reservation, 1757

Rev. Joseph Fish’s Report on the school on the Eastern Pequot Reservation, 1772 – 1775

Mohegan Petition 1789, Description of Mohegan Way of Life

Other Websites

Mashantucket Pequot Museum, History & Culture E-Book

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

Exhibit about the Pequot War and the Saybrook Fort, Old Saybrook Historical Society

 

Puritans and 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

John Winthrop Jr Scouts a Location for a Settlement, 1645

Services of a Doctor in the River Towns, 1652

Notice to the Sachems to Keep Away on Sunday, 1652

Orders to Build Two Bridges, 1663

John Griffin, Massacoe, and Simsbury’s Early Connection to Shipbuilding, 1663

Connecticut Claims Parts of New York, and Other Border Issues, 1663

An Order for Thanksgiving… in October, 1663

Diary of Joshua Hempstead, Excerpt from 1750

A Ship Captain from Milford: Isaac Mills

An Act to Prevent (End) Slavery, 1848

 

The American Revolution

Cuffee Wells, Revolutionary War Soldier, 1781, Gilder Lehrman Center

Diary of Col. Fisher Gay of Farmington, 1776

Revolutionary War: Boyrereau Brinch Fights for his Freedom, 1777 – 1783

 

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)

John Winthrop Jr Scouts a Location for a Settlement, 1645

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

Map of the Borders of Colonial Connecticut—When Long Island was part of Connecticut

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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