Nathaniel Bacon's Rebellion And The American Revolution

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You may ask yourself, what even is a rebellion? A rebellion is the act of defying a group of people or a certain person and turning your back on them. Nathaniel Bacon’s rebellion put a mark on everything. This was probably one of the biggest rebellions in history. This dates back to the 1600’s. Little did Bacon know that he affected peoples life’s forever and would be talked about in present day. The year was 1676 in Jamestown; in fact this was probably one of the most harsh days Jamestown would have to endure. I am sure it was almost like every other day but not for young Nathaniel Bacon. Many came to believe that 1676 started the revolutionary sentiment in America, which was followed by the American Revolution. Economic problems was a main reason why young bacon wanted to rebel against his colony (Waalkes). Even though Bacon was sent to Virginia by his father to straighten his act up I still feel as if he had the reason to rebel. Bacon was sent to the new Virginia colony for a fresh start. His father knew that England was not the place for him and he knew Nathaniel was a troubled boy. Even though he was a trouble maker, Bacon actually had…show more content…
The Henrico farmer by the name of Nathaniel Bacon led a series of expeditions to defend the frontier against Indian attack. Gathering his own militia, he acted in defiance of the colonial governor, Sir William Berkeley, who preferred to deal with the Indians more diplomatically. Bacon accused Berkeley of raising unjust taxes, elevating his cronies to positions of high office, exercising a monopoly in the beaver trade and interfering with his campaigns against the Indians. The power struggle between Bacon and Berkeley led to a series of armed fighting and the burning of Jamestown, the colonial capital. Bacon’s death of “bloodied flux” and “lousy” disease put an end to the first rebellion against English authority in the North American colonies. (Waalkees)
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