Presentation on theme: "Bacon’s Rebellion 1676 An Important Turning Point."— Presentation transcript:
Bacon’s Rebellion 1676 An Important Turning Point
Nathaniel Bacon’s Rebellion: 1676 Nathaniel Bacon Governor William Berkeley Who was Nathaniel Bacon? Why did he rebel? How did his rebellion change Virginia (& America) FOREVER?
Who was Nathaniel Bacon? Wealthy & educated Goal → to establish tobacco plantation Forced to settle in the backwoods Piedmont region → “good” land in the Tidewater region was already taken!
Why did he rebel? Bacon became leader of Piedmont planters (many were poor ex-indentures servants) Piedmont plantations often attacked by Indians Bacon demanded Virginia Governor Berkeley to protect the Piedmont from Indian attacks → Governor refuses! Bacon confronts the governor!
How does this rebellion change Virginia? For almost 2 years, Bacon & his followers attack BOTH Indians & Virginia colonial militia Jamestown set on fire! Conclusion = it is dangerous to have a large population of poor, ex-indentured servants!
Virginia increasingly turns to African workers to fill their labor needs.