1676: Bacon’s Rebellion

Moment in History:

In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon led an uprising in the Virginia Colony against Governor William Berkeley. The uprising was a response to several attacks on the settlement by Native American tribes and Berkeley’s refusal to retaliate. Berkeley, instead, sought to compromise with the Native Americans in order to maintain peaceful relations. After attacks by several of the local Native American tribes, Bacon led a rebellion despite Berkeley’s orders, attacking Native Americans, torching the capital and driving Berkeley from the colony.

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