Nathaniel Bacon was a pivotal character in the building of the nation in its early years and it will be discussed here. Bacon was not born in the US but after coming to the land of America he was pivotal in a rebellion that was against the treatment of Native Americans by William Berkeley. Bacon believed that Berkeley was treating these hostile people in a way that was not beneficial to the colony. Bacon did not live a long life but he obviously had an impact on the people of his time. Bacon had a significant impact on the history of Virginia.
Nathaniel Bacon, Jr., was born on 1647 in Friston Hall England, to Thomas and Elizabeth Bacon. Bacon’s family was of an aristocratic line. While Bacon’s family had long been aristocrats, they had also long been “rebellious”, and tended to take controversial sides in conflicts. According to Charles Willard Hoskins Warner, “the Bacon’s were a family noted for freedom of thought and for a desire to explore controversial topics and beliefs”. Nathaniel Bacon’s grandfather sided with Parliament in the conflict between Parliament and Charles I. From this we can say that the Bacon family had a rebel side to it.
Bacon attended Cambridge, and was well traveled around Europe. At 21 he acquired a masters degree from Cambridge. Two years before the rebellion that bore his name, he married Elizabeth Duke, daughter of the Sir Edward Duke. Wanting to make a substantial amount of money, Bacon and his wife set sail for Jamestown that same year. Upon arriving, Bacon’s “magnetic personality” and connections which included a uncle that bore his name led to speedy distinction in Virginia, where he quickly become a member of his Council, and became known as “the most accomplished man in the colony”.
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