The records of the English High Court of Admiralty have much to tell us about the early colonizing activities of the great London trading companies as well as the ventures of private companies and individuals involved in assisting trade and emigration to the New World. In this work Mr. Coldham has succeeded in bringing into view the host of people and events chronicled in these records during the period 1609 to 1660. Carefully selected and condensed, the abstracts refer only to cases brought before the court concerning colonial America. Therefore, we find in this work the names of hundreds of merchants, passengers, mariners, and adventurers who had some connection with the settlement of the original colonies.
A comprehensive listing compiled from English Public Records of those who took ship to the Americas for political, religious, and economic reasons; of those who were deported for vagrancy, roguery, or non-conformity; and of those who were sold to labour in the New Colonies.