- Because colonial society in America was only just beginning, in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s, tension had mounted amongst settlers, natives, and slaves. Bacon’s Rebellion was an uprising in 1676 in the Virginia Colony, led by Nathaniel Bacon. The Pueblo Revolt was an uprising of the Pueblo Indians against Spanish settlers in 1680 in New Mexico. The Stono Rebellion was a slave uprising in 1739 in the colony of South Carolina, and was the largest slave uprising prior to the American Revolution.
- Bacon’s Rebellion, the Pueblo Revolt, and the Stono Rebellion reflected socio-economic tensions, relations with the Native Americans, and racial tension, respectively, in colonial society, shaping colonial America in the way we know it today.
I. Socio-economic tensions arose amongst the settlers and Native Americans in colonial society. A. Virginia Governor, William Berkeley, refused to retaliate for Indian attacks on frontier settlements due to the fact that he would have to then tax the wealthy, of which he was friends with. This angered the former indentured servants, poor whites, and poor blacks that felt belittled by the disregard for their own safety in lieu of taxation on plantation owners and officials. B. Group of people, led by Nathaniel Bacon, took matters into their own hands. They attacked Native Americans, chased Berkeley from Virginia, and then burned Jamestown. This is considered a play on power by Bacon, who was angered by Berkeley favoring his own court over everyone else. C. The conflict reflected socio-economic tensions within colonies, between the wealthy and the poor. The alliance between former indentured servants and Africans disturbed the ruling class, who responded by hardening the racial caste of slavery. D. Bacon’s Rebellion reflected the tension between the wealthy and the poor in colonial society. It is significant because it impacted how people viewed the power structure. People were now mindful that...
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