Bacon's Rebellion Analysis

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In the seventeenth century Virginia saw an influx in the indentured servant population. These were typically young, white, and unmarried males who would work for about four to seven years in exchange for food, clothes, housing, etc. When their terms of service were terminated, these now freemen hoped to receive land ownership and some upward social mobility. Owning land meant that they could have a vote and in turn be a member of the society. By the 1670s, however, there was hardly any good, vacant land left to settle in Virginia, so they began to look towards Indian territories. Nathaniel Bacon, the young, ambitious cousin of Sir William Berkeley, the governor of Virginia, decided to lead this charge. These actions caused conflict over land and authority between Bacon and Berkeley and lead to Bacon’s Rebellion in 1675. Bacon believed that the Indians …show more content…
He also calls upon God to be his witness in that he has never done anything unjust, corrupt, or negligent towards his people of Virginia. He then says that maybe he has erred in things that he does not know of but he would repent and amend them, unlike Bacon who would continue to persist in error and not confess to his wrong doings. Berkeley reasons that Bacon is rebelling against the authority of not only Berkeley as governor, but also against his Majesty and his Country and he is putting the people of this country in danger, which is treason. Bacon’s lack of understanding of authority and his hot-headedness leads him to sneeringly deny the three pardons that Berkeley offered to him. After months of conflict, Bacon and his army burned Jamestown to the ground resulting in Berkeley having to flee to Maryland. After Bacon’s death, Governor Berkeley returned to power and all of Bacon’s followers returned their allegiance back to

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