The Bacon Rebellion was between two governmental leaders; it was NOT against the fat in bacon and how bad it is for you!
Who were these 2 governors? The first was Nathaniel Bacon (There you go, the Bacon Rebellion was by a guy whose LAST NAME was Bacon!). The second governor was Sir William Berkeley. Since Mr. Berkeley was Bacon’s cousin, he gave Bacon a seat on the council and a land claim.
During July 1765, Native Americans raided the Colonists’ settlement. The Colonists were enraged at the Native Americans and decided to attack back, but they ended up attacking the wrong tribe! The people they attacked were a friendly tribe called the Susquehanaugs. This greatly confused the Native Americans, and they started attacking the Colonists in great numbers.
Berkeley ordered a meeting between the Native Americans and Colonists. It ended terribly, with the deaths of several tribal chiefs. Now Bacon was accusing Native Americans of stealing corn without proof. Berkeley and Bacon became enemies.
Since the demand for Native protection was high, Berkeley attacked what he considered “hostile Indians.” However, the assembly was corrupt, because it no longer allowed individual trade with Native Americans. The only people allowed to trade were Berkeley’s friends.
Bacon broke the law by leading a group of armed men into the forest. Berkeley called Bacon a traitor. Bacon attacked more friendly tribes and was soon taken captive by Berkeley and his men. They made Bacon apologize for what he had done. However, the government was still worried about support for Bacon growing in large numbers. This support was apparent when Bacon appeared with his numerous troops and demanded to be the leader of all campaigns against Indians.
After a surprise raid, Berkeley left and attempted to retire. Bacon issued the “Declaration of People” which declared that Berkeley was unfair, unkind, showed favoritism poorly, and was altogether awful. However, this did not stop Berkley’s people from taking Bacon’s men captive. Berkeley eventually took Jamestown, and Bacon later BURNED DOWN JAMESTOWN.
Later Bacon died of “bloody flux” and body lice, and Berkeley regained control of Jamestown.
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