Short And Long Term Effects Of Bacon's Rebellion

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Ariana Stickell Mrs. Blomme Honors 2 September 2014 Bacon’s Rebellion The definition of a rebellion is an open, organized, and armed resistance to one's government or ruler that affects many. Bacon’s Rebellion was just that. It affected both the Native Americans and colonists and led to devastating consequences. There was no winner to this rebellion, both sides fell and one side lost everything. Native Americans lost every right they had left while the colonists fought for theirs these effects of Bacon’s Rebellion would be seen for years afterwards. Bacon’s Rebellion was led by Nathaniel Bacon and a young group of poor settlers in 1676, against the Virginian government (National Park Service). A large portion of the rebellion was over …show more content…

“Nathaniel Bacon disregarded the Governor’s direct orders by seizing some friendly Appomattox Indians for “allegedly” stealing corn” (National Park Services). Sometimes the ones that were perfectly fine with the colonists at the time, got punished the most. No one was safe from the discrimination and hatred. It may seem that the Indians were treated poorly from the start, but it actually became worse once William Berkeley repeatedly refused to offer Nathaniel his …show more content…

Berkeley gave him the opportunity to repent and not go on, but he did anyway. Thus the wrong indians were even attacked (National Park Services). This created an uproar and a raid began. Nathaniel Bacon went against Berkeley’s orders and began a killing spree in the town. No one was safe. Mothers, fathers, and children, killed by Bacon. This was the native’s most disastrous event. “The natives suffered heavy losses, including their chief” (Puglisi 77). The native’s chief was killed by the colonists government. Anyone in the open was shot and killed without mercy. When Bacon suddenly died from an illness, the government, including Berkeley, was finally able to take back their control, but that didn’t change the treatment of the native’s. This then became a question of justification. Some believed what Nathaniel did was good, but others believed it made everything a lot worse. The native’s struggle didn’t end with Bacon, it ended with them falling at the hands of the colonists. Native’s were sent to specific places to live and their land was limited (Puglisi 79). Colonists claimed this was to make the area safer, but everyone today knows why they separated

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