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Nathaniel Bacon was born in Suffolk England on 2nd January 1647 A dispute with his wifes family persuaded him to emigrate to North America With the financial support of his father he purchased two estates along the James River in Virginia William Berkeley appointed Bacon to his governing council but the two men soon fell out about the development of the colony Berkeley favoured a policy of containment whereas Bacon wanted to expand into areas controlled by Native Americans In 1676 Bacon organized his own expedition Fearing a large-scale war with Native Americans Berkeley turned his forces against Bacon and his men Bacon captured Jamestown and William Berkeley was forced to flee to the Eastern Shore However Nathaniel Bacon died of fever in October 1676 and without his leadership the rebellion quickly collapsed 1 A supporter of Nathaniel Bacon wrote a detailed report of the rebellion but it was nor published in England until 1705 He was critical of William Berkeley who he believed did not do enough to stop attacks by Native Americans Frequent complaints of bloodshed were sent to Sir William Berkeley from the heads of the rivers which were as often answered with promises of assistance These at the heads of James and York rivers having now most people destroyed by the Indians grew impatient at the many slaughters of their neighbours and rose or their own defence who choosing Bacon for their leader sent oftentimes to the Governor humbly beseeching a commission to go against those Indians at their own charge Mr
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