Presentation on theme: "1676 An Important Turning Point"— Presentation transcript:
1 1676 An Important Turning Point Bacon’s Rebellion1676An Important Turning Point
2 Nathaniel Bacon’s Rebellion: 1676 Governor William Berkeley Who was Nathaniel Bacon? Why did he rebel? How did his rebellion change Virginia (& America) FOREVER?
3 Who was Nathaniel Bacon? Wealthy & educatedGoal →to establish tobacco plantationForced to settle in the backwoods Piedmont region → “good” land in the Tidewater region was already taken!
4 Bacon confronts the governor! Why did he rebel?Bacon became leader of Piedmont planters (many were poor ex-indentures servants)Piedmont plantations often attacked by IndiansBacon demanded Virginia Governor Berkeley to protect the Piedmont from Indian attacks → Governor refuses!Bacon confronts the governor!
5 How does this rebellion change Virginia? For almost 2 years, Bacon & his followers attack BOTH Indians & Virginia colonial militiaJamestown set on fire!Conclusion = it is dangerous to have a large population of poor, ex-indentured servants!
6 Virginia increasingly turns to African workers to fill their labor needs.