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1 BACON’S REBELLION The British N. American Colonies Virginia, 1676



4 Picture It… You are an Indentured Servant in Colonial America Tobacco has become the cash crop savior of the colony Everyone is trying to make $$$ planting it It is EVERYWHERE!!!



7 BUT… Tobacco is incredibly harsh on the land The Colonial Economy & Labor Force has become one-dimensional. Education is lacking Cities aren’t developing Indentured Servants are frustrated –h–high taxes –n–no more land left for them

8 What if something goes wrong…

9 PRECURSORS TO BACON’S REBELLION 1. One crop economy 2. Indentured Servitude 3. Labor / Soil Intensive Tobacco Crop

10 Something Does!!! As the market is flooded with tobacco, the price of tobacco plummets –F–Farmers not making much money –G–Go into debt –S–Still have heavy taxes As tobacco is harsh on the land, the soil needs time to replenish

11 What To Do??? Colonists thought if they could just get more land… –Could grow more tobacco –Sell more –Make more money!!! But there is no more land…for colonists Who has the rest???

12 Native Americans Treaties have been signed Borders have been drawn So What!!!!!!!!!! Discontent boils over… Farmers begin to invade Powhatan Lands to the West Group of Susquehannocks are killed Retaliation comes



15 Cry for War!! VA Governor William Berkeley refuses to authorize a war Farmers are furious at Gov’t In steps… Nathaniel Bacon Led poor farmers, indentured servants, even slaves on a rampage


17 CAUSES OF BACON’S REBELLION 1. Tobacco Price Fall 2. No Available Land 3. High Taxes 4. Lack of Education 5. No Gov’t Help 6. More land = No Problems

18 Bacon’s Rebellion Makes war on Native Tribes for their Lands Begins looting wealthy white plantations as well Jamestown is burned

19 Bacon Organizing His Men

20 Jamestown Burned

21 EFFECTS OF BACON’S REBELLION 1. Farmers Start War 2. Bacon Leads Rampage 3. Native American Lands Invaded 4. Elite Planter Class Terrified

22 But Then… Bacon dies suddenly Rebellion fades out HOUSE OF BURGESSES – VA Assembly votes to lower taxes and open up some land

23 THE REALIZATION Indentured Servant Labor isn’t Working!!! –They become free and want things –Like land, freedoms, rights, money American Colonies Need a New Source of Labor One that won’t give them these problems

24 OUTCOME OF BACON’S REBELLION 1. VA House of Burgesses quiets farmer’s discontent –Lower taxes –Open up Some Land 2. AFRICAN SLAVERY WILL EXPAND IN THE COLONIES!!! –Indentured Servitude will not work

25 What was Bacon’s Rebellion? Farmers making war on Native Americans to get more land

26 What is the SIGNIFICANCE of Bacon’s Rebellion? The Significance of Bacon’s Rebellion is that African Slavery was expanded in the American Colonies (Cause and Effect!!!) (Changes over Time!!!)

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