Nathaniel Bacon: The Decline Of The Economic Power Of Virginia

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The Power of Poverty I, Walter Hind, a Catholic captive of the English as a result of the Wars of Three Kingdoms, arrived in the colony of Virginia as an Irish servant in 1660. I was ordered to work as an indentured servant for a certain Mrs. Hannah Aston for a period of six years. With the decline of the economic power of Virginia, the favoritism shown towards wealthy landowners and the elite, and the injustice shown towards indentured servants such as me by making us work more years or pay huge fines to the already wealthy, I argue that joining Mr. Nathaniel Bacon in his efforts to rebel against the economy, the colony 's security and the prejudice of race and religion . First of all, the economy faced a lot of situations …show more content…
He is of the mindset that the Virginia Indians should be eradicated because they are dangerous to the colonists and have in their possession land that can be useful to the colonists. Seeing as I am in need of land to provide for my family, his incentive resides with me. By the spring of 1676, a war is started between the men assembled by Mr. Bacon and the Indians. Mr. Berkeley then fired Mr. Bacon on his involvement in assembling men to fight against the Indians friendly or otherwise and brands him a rebel. Although Mr. Bacon was a man of political standing and has plantations, his army consists mainly of servants and poor people like me who are tempted by the spoils of the war on the Virginia Indians. We consisted of people from all origins; Scottish, Irish, English and African who all share a common resentment for the elite landholders. This shows that people of different backgrounds could come together to form a powerful coup if …show more content…
A lot of people like me who are captives or who voluntarily agreed to be indentured to wealthy landowners found out that they were not going to be receiving any land as compensation (James Rice 5). A vast majority of these people had come to the new world, hoping to find better lives and they did not see any way it was going to happen with the colony court pandering to the wealthy. It makes sense to us to take control of our enemies land and resources and use it for ourselves. They had cultivated the land so it could produce food for us and we could sell the food and make money for ourselves. This means, I will be able to afford the taxes imposed by Governor

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