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Borderlands, Settlement and Colonial Encounters

Journey to the far reaches of settler frontiers across the globe.

Through a large array of unique documents, this multi-archive collection captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. It ranges across the various colonial frontiers of North America before touching on the settlers of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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This online collection brings together documents from 16 archives and libraries from around the world and the geographical spread of material allows scholars to take either a comparative approach or focus on a particular region.

The collection deals with some of the major themes of frontier existence including:

  • Settlement development

  • Law and order

  • Violence

  • Expeditions and exploration

  • Relations with indigenous peoples

  • Trade and commerce

  • Death and disease

  • Missionaries and religion

  • Women’s history

  • Military matters

  • Mining

  • Religion

  • Gold rushes

  • Settler governance

  • Contested boundaries

  • Agriculture and livestock