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Nathaniel Bacon - Trivia

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Colonial leader, born in Suffolk, E England, UK. He emigrated to Virginia c.1674, where he became a landowner and planter. He opposed Governor Sir William Berkeley's Indian policies, and in 1676 he attacked the Pamunkey, Susquehanna, and Occaneechi tribes without a commission from Berkeley, who denounced him as a traitor. Bacon then marched on Jamestown, and when a compromise settlement failed, he captured and burned the town. At one point he controlled nearly all of Virginia, but troops were on their way from England to support Berkeley. Bacon died of influenza (Oct 1676) and the rebellion soon collapsed.

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