Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: Exploration & Colonial America (1492-1755)

The complete list of articles in Defining Documents in American History: Exploration & Colonial America (1492-1755).

Volume 1

Journals on Exploration

Journal of the First Voyage of Columbus

The Journey of Coronado, 1540–1542: Account of the Expedition to Cibola Which Took Place in the Year 1540, in Which All Those Settlements, Their Ceremonies and Customs, Are Described

In Defense of the Indians

Captain Arthur Barlowe’s Narrative of the First Voyage to the Coast of America

A Description of the New Netherlands

The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents

Etienne Véniard de Bourgmont’s Exact Description of Louisiana

A Narrative of the Missions of the United Brethren among the Delaware and Mohegan Indians

Journal of the Expedition of the Chevalier de la Vérendrye and One of His Brothers to Reach the Western Sea Addressed to the Marquis de Beauharnois

Supplemental Historical Documents

Report and Relation of the New Conversions


Reports on New World Settlement

A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia

The General History of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles

Of Plymouth Plantation

Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth

An Account of Two Voyages to New-England Made During the Years 1638, 1663

A Key into the Language of America

Edward Randolph’s Report of King Philip’s War in New England

A Relation of the Indian War

Revolt of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Otermín’s Attempted Reconquest

New English Canaan

Positive Information from America, Concerning the Country of Pennsylvania by a German who has Migrated Thither, 1684

Supplemental Historical Documents

Powhatan and John Smith Exchange Views, 1608 (excerpt from John Smith’s General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles)

A Journal of the Late Actions of the French at Canada

Engravings and Drawings by Theodor De Bry and John White


Early Political Tracts on Self-Governing

The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law, Gayanashagowa

Articles, Laws, and Orders, Devine, Politic, and Martial for the Colony in Virginia

The Articles of Confederation of the United Colonies of New England

The Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina

Limitation of Government

Massachusetts Body of Liberties

Frame of Government of Pennsylvania

Pilgrim Code of Law

At the Town-House in Boston and Boston Declaration of Grievances

The Shields of the Churches: New England’s Governors

Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges

English Liberties and Deference

The History and Present State of Virginia

A New Voyage to Carolina

The History of King Philip’s War

Vindication of the Government of New-England Churches

Founding Vision for Georgia

Some Grounds of the War Against the Pequots

Canassatego’s Speech at the Treaty of Lancaster, 1744

The History of the Colony and Province of Massachusetts-Bay

Memoir on the French Colonies in North America

Supplemental Historical Documents

The North Carolina Biennial Act

Map of Louisiana and the Course of the Mississippi

Cato’s Letters

Conference Between Governor Burnet and the Indians


Volume 2

Sermons and Narratives on Religious Life

To His Loving Friends, the Adventurers for New-England

A Model of Christian Charity

Transcript of the Trial of Anne Hutchinson

A Brief Recognition of New England’s Errand into the Wilderness

The Quaker Ideal of Religious Tolerance

The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

The Salem Witch Trials: The Case against John and Elizabeth Proctor

The Negro Christianized

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God/ The Great Awakening

The Essential Rights and Liberties of Protestants

Supplemental Historical Documents

Government the Pillar of the Earth

Britain’s Mercies, and Britain’s Duties

A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers


Narratives on Colonial Life

The Journal of Madam Knight

History of the Dividing Line: Run in the Year 1728

In Defense of John Peter Zenger and the Press

Letters on Plantation Life

Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania

Gottlieb Mittelberger’s Journey to Pennsylvania

A Stranger in a Strange Land: Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge

Supplemental Historical Documents

A Discourse Concerning the Currencies of the British Plantations in America


Documents Illustrative of Slavery and Indentured Servitude

The Virginia Slave Codes 1662-1705

The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial

Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade to America

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa

Letter from Governor Bull to the Royal Council Regarding the Stono Rebellion, October 1739

Slave Code of South Carolina

Benjamin Franklin on Reverend George Whitefield

The Present State of Virginia

Supplemental Historical Documents

Documents on Indentured Servitude: Richard Frethhorne’s Letter and John Hammond’s Leah and Rachel

An Exhortation and Caution to Friends Concerning Buying or Keeping of Negroes



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