Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters

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Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters is a collection of digitized primary sources documenting European migration to and colonization of Africa, Australasia and North America. It also documents the everyday life of settlers in these locations. Geographic regions include:

  • North America: Migration and frontier life in the American East, American Midwest, American Southwest, California & Mexico, and Canada
  • Africa: British colonial expansion in South Africa, exploration of West Africa, and the colonial administration of Lagos
  • Australia & New Zealand: British colonization, including the establishment of the penal colony of Sydney
  • Central America: British colonization of British Honduras (Belize)

Material types include correspondence, diaries, government papers, business records, land transactions, legal documents, speeches, books, and pamphlets.

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Producer/content provider

Adam Matthew Digital

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Adam Matthew Digital