CO - Records of the Colonial Office, Commonwealth and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, Empire Marketing Board, and related bodies. Division within CO - Correspondence with the colonies, entry books and registers of correspondence. CO 137 - Colonial Office and predecessors: Jamaica, Original Correspondence. Subseries within CO 137 - Correspondence, Original - Secretary of State
Description: The National Archives at Kew holds records of central government departments that were responsible for the United Kingdom's colonial administration and affairs. This collection contains records from 1689-1951 from the Colonial Office (established 1854), as well as its predecessors. Records contain original correspondence of the Secretary of State relating to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. After 1874, correspondence relating to the Turks and Caicos Islands is included. Also featured is correspondence relating to the Board of Trade, the Mosquito Shore, and dispatches from the Governor of Jamaica. Jamaica was initially settled by the Spanish, but was occupied by Britain in 1655 and recognized as British by Spain in 1670. The Cayman Islands were administered by Jamaica until 1959, and the Turks and Caicos Islands became a dependency of Jamaica in 1874.
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