Essay on Bacon 's Rebellion Of The English Colony Of Virginia

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The few records from Bacon’s rebellion in the English colony of Virginia allows historians ample room to interpret the event. Some regard Bacon as an American hero for initiating the largest and most multicultural rebellion prior to the revolution while others entitle him as an irrational, barbarous anti-hero for his violent actions; however the more I learn about 17th century Virginia, I see Bacon as more of a misunderstood leader and visionary that controversially took matters of the people into his own hands and built the cultural foundation of America.
By the height of the rebellion, Sir (knighted by the throne) William Berkeley had been a resident of the colony for 34 years, owned a coastal plantation, experimented with new crops, and signed a treaty to end the Third Anglo-Indian war in 1446 to establish peace and reservations for the tribes involved. In the year 1660, he is re-appointed Governor of the restored Virginian English colony. When endowed English aristocrat named Nathaniel Bacon arrives to the colony and purchases a plantation on the western edge of Virginia, he finds a trade outlet in the natives. He enacts in friendly trade with the natives and is named by the Governor one of several new members of the Virginia Council of State (upper house of legislature) and later elected to the House of Burgesses. In the tensions building to the rebellion and even during, Bacon does not implore himself as an aristocrat, or a natural-born leader but rather as a commoner.…

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