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Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 & the Aftermath

"The Burning of Jamestown" by Howard Pyle, 1905

Richmond, Virginia
Saturday, January 18, 2014

In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon led a group of armed settlers against the Colonial Government of Virginia, claiming that Governor William Berkeley was corrupt and had unfairly taxed the colonists. The rebels also asserted that leaders had failed to defend Virginians from Native American attacks. Bacon’s Rebellion attacked Native American villages, killing men, women, and children, then later sacked and burned the capital of Jamestown to the ground.  After Bacon died of dysentery, the rebellion fragmented and was quelled by forces loyal to the Governor. In the second part of this two part class, park ranger and historian Robert Dunkerly explores the decline of the rebellion, the aftermath, and how the event is remembered by historians. 

Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:30pm (ET)

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