Calendars provide summaries full enough, for most purposes, to replace the original documents. These summaries are printed in chronological order and do not necessarily reflect the archival ordering of the documents (hence calendar). They are the primary finding aid for the records that they describe. This series records the activity of the Board of Trade and Plantations for the period 1704-82. The Board, successor to the Commission on Foreign Plantations, had responsibility for the administrative and more routine aspects of colonial policy.