Bacon’s Rebellion


Governor Berkeley, the man in charge of running Virginia in the
representation of the interests of the Virginia Company had total control
of this colony since he was there and the Virginia company was in England.
Due to Having this power for more than thirty years was able to dominate
all of the colony’s politics. Due to having this power he was able to
dominate the fur trade with the Native Americans through the security of a
monopoly, the power of giving the most prestigious land to his personal
favorites or friends in any amount, not to mention his own plantations.
However, This power was accompanied by many problems, which
upsetted Berkeley and made him tired of holding office. ...

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people in Virginia the majority of people
are poor and has no land that is sufficient. They have no money not to
consider that most of them owe people money, for example in the case of
indentured servants that are poor and owe work to there masters and freed
indentured servants who have not gotten their land they were promised. This
is enough to discontent and frustrate, these people driving the to take
violent action. However it also suggests that one part of this group had
enough land and were wealthy, they were the upper class created by Berkeley
himself in the form of the Tidewater elite. Indians are plundered by the
white Frontiersman; frontiersman are taxed and controlled by the Jamestown
elite{tidewater gentleman] the entire colony is exploited by English
commercial interests and the crown through their monopoly pricing power.
Zinn refers to this as the “chain of oppression” in which it was
dog eat dog and the only you could have gotten up us by oppressing others.
The ...

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give us what they please for it...and after our
tobacco is in England sell it how they please for it...and after our
tobacco is in England sell it owe they please; and indeed have forty
thousand servants in us at cheaper rates then other men have slaves...”
Governor Berkeley states this as he is complaining to the English
crown. He is trying to tell the Crown of the terrible conditions of
Virginia and how the source of this problem are the little amount of
merchant in England who along with the crown enrich themselves at the hands
of the forty thousand people in Virginia. The merchant are able to charge
as little they please for this tobacco that these forty thousand people who
are ...

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