The Influence of Each Uprising in the 1600’s on Virgirina’s Economic and Social Development

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In the 17th Century, Virginia experienced two grim rebellions that would have a significant impact on both the future economic and social developments of the area. The Indian uprisings that occurred in 1622 and the Bacon’s rebellion that occurred in 1675 both had meaningful similarities as well as differences impacting different set of people. Whether either of the uprisings had more of significance than the other, in all respects cannot be quite measured as each’s chain reaction benefited the colony. In the early 1600’s English traders embarked in the Americas not only in search of a new trade route to the east, but used this land discovery as an opportunity to expand their European empire. They came to settle in the Americas to start up …show more content…

Work contract of 5-7 years in the America’s, 2 that they would be free to start their own civilizations at the end of their contract and 3 that they’d be allowed to marry. Overtime there was an increasingly number of freed indentured servants who moved outside of the popular areas, to what was considered as the ‘backcountry’ which so happened to be habituated by the Native Indians. As the number freed Servants increased, this also lead to the necessity of occupying more land which went deeper and deeper into the back country. The further deeper into the backcountry the servants occupied, the more they were exposed to the more aggressive and warlike Native Indians, who weren’t so compassionate as the natives who lived near the coastlines. As discomfort grew between the Native Indians and the indentured servants, this stirred political unrest in the colony between the indentured servants and the elite farmers. Nathaniel Bacon, who was the forefront person of the rebellion, went to the local government to ask for assistance against the Natives from the elite farmers. He wanted his English counterparts to give then ruling over the land in which the Natives habituated, and wanted then to pass laws that would grant them authority above the Indians. The elite governor declined to assist the indentured servants because they didn’t want to part take in any conflict as they had secret

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