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The Origin of the North American Indians: with a Faithful Description of Their Manners and Customs, Both Civil and Milit

The Origin of the North American Indians: with a Faithful Description of Their Manners and Customs, Both Civil and Military, Their Religions, Languages, Dress, and Ornaments

McIntosh, John, fl. 1853, The Origin of the North American Indians: with a Faithful Description of Their Manners and Customs, Both Civil and Military, Their Religions, Languages, Dress, and Ornaments, New ed.. New York, NY: Nafis & Cornish, 1843, pp. 345

A Declaration of the State of the Colony and Affaires in Virginia

The Inconveniences that have happened to some persons which have transported themselves from England to Virginia.

Source: Waterhouse, Edward. A Declaration of the State of the Colony and Affaires in Virginia. With a Relation Barbarous Massacre in the Time of Peace and League...London, 1635.

Principal Chiefs photo from History of the Indian Tribes of North America

History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits, from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War


Hall, James, 1793-1868, History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits, from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, At Washington, vol. 1. Philadelphia, PA: J.T. Bowen, 1848, pp. 333.

The form of binding a servant/ A precursor to modern boiler plate contracts.

The form of binding a servant.  A precursor to modern boiler plate contracts.

White, Father Andrew. A Relation of Maryland: Together, with a Map of the Country, the Conditions of the Plantation, His Majesties Charter to the Lord Baltemore, Translated into English. New York: J. Sabin. 1865. 56 pp.

Golden Eagle Photo from  The Birds of America, Vol. 1

 The Birds of America, Vol. 1

Audubon, John James, 1785-1851, The Birds of Americaa, Vol. 1. New York, NY: J.J. Audubon, 1844, pp. 246.

Part II: Of Savages or Voyage of Samuel Champlain of Brouage made to New France

Part II: Of Savages or Voyage of Samuel Champlain of Brouage made to New France in the year one thousand six hundred and three translated and edited by H. H. Langton​

Champlain, Samuel de, 1567(?)-1635, The Works of Samuel de Champlain, vol. 1. Biggar, H.P., ed.. Toronto, ON: Champlain Society, 1936, pp. 469.

Columbus letters relating to his Four Voyages to the New World.

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus: with Other Original Documents, Relating to His Four Voyages to the New World

Columbus, Christopher, 1451-1506. Major, R. H., ed. and tr.. London, England: Hakluyt Society, 1847, pp. 234. 

History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark to the Sources of the Missouri, Across the Rocky Mountains, Down the Columbia River to the Pacific in 1804-6, vol. 3.

History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark

History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark to the Sources of the Missouri, Across the Rocky Mountains, Down the Columbia River to the Pacific in 1804-6, vol. 3. 

Complaint of George Cleeve

Complaint of George Cleeve

June 24, 1640. (1640) from The Beginnings of Colonial Maine, 1602-1658, (Portland, ME: State of Maine, 1914).