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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the 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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tobacco 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 ...

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