Bacon’s Rebellion was an uprising in 1676 in the Virginia Colony in North America, led by a 29-year-old planter Nathaniel Bacon. About a thousand Virginians rose because they resented Virginia Governor William Berkeley’s friendly policies towards the Native Americans, after a series of Native attacks on frontier settlements. The European practice of expansion and of recognizing only limited land rights of indigenous peoples was the cause for the Native American attacks. Other causes were low prices for tobacco, resentment towards the Governor of Virginia who gave special privileges to his favorites and deprived the freemen of their rights, disputes over Native Indian homelands, and high taxes which were considered to be unfair. The rebellion was not only against the Native Americans but also against the upper-class. The significance of Bacon’s Rebellion was that it was the first rebellion in the American Colonies in which the frontiersmen took part. Also, it hastened the hardening of racial lines dealing with slavery, because this rebellion involved both black and white indentured servants which worried the ruling class. After the rebellion the notion that Indians and whites could not live together peaceably was enforced, which led to the introduction of the Indian Reservation system in 1677.

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