What Are The Causes Of Bacon's Rebellion

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Bacon’s rebellion was a popular uprising in the Colony of Virginia in 1676. It was led by the eponymous colonist Nathaniel Bacon against the governor of Virginia, William Berkeley. Overall, Bacon’s rebellion was a result of poor governing and consideration of the populace from Governor Berkeley and the Crown, as well as the desire to expand into the west of the colonists. The tipping point and direct cause of Bacon’s Rebellion was Berkeley’s refusal to exact retribution against the Native Americans in response for a series of Native attacks on colonial settlements, but the displeasure of the colonists inflamed the willingness of the colonists to take up arms against Governor Berkeley.
A lack of action from Berkeley and England to address the mounting frustrations of the colonists, which included discontent over a poor economy, high taxes, and tensions with the natives. The poor monetary status of the colonists was a major contributing factor to Bacon’s Rebellion. Robert Beverly states in The History and Present State of Virginia, published
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Three weeks after Bacon had seized and set fire to Jamestown, he died of a severe case of dysentery (Doc #37). After Bacon’s death, Bacon’s Rebellion fell apart, into several parties and opinions. The division gave Berkeley’s party the opportunity to quell the rebellion and retake Jamestown, but upon news of the rebellion reached the Crown, Governor Berkeley was removed from office and recalled to London.
Overall, the factors behind Bacon’s Rebellion, including the economic woes caused by England’s taxes on tobacco, and the desire of colonists such as Nathaniel Bacon to expand west in opposition to Native Americans, were indicative of later developments in colonial America. They foretold the anger of colonists at the overreach of England regarding colonial trade, and conflicts with the Native Americans that would all ensue in the later history of the United States of
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