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Bacon's rebellion was key point in the history of New World colonization. There were many factors that led up to this historical event. Factors such as Nathaniel's grievances towards the government and Berkeley, and the native hostility towards the white settlers, sparked this short but effective campaign against petty injustice.

Nathaniel Bacon, a wealthy graduate of Cambridge, full of political ambitions and wanting to find his place in the New World, establishes himself as a successful backcountry landowner politician. Seeking to fulfill his political and personal ambitions he wanted to be a participant in the governor's council, however the head of the council, William Berkeley, thought otherwise. In addition to not letting Bacon join the council, Berkeley, also refused to let Bacon in on the fur trade with the natives. These events, by themselves, may seem small and unimportant, yet, the cumulative effect they have on Bacon immediately and in the future, will be the start of the rebellion.

The natives in the New World, were shunned aside when white man, landed upon the shores of their homes. Ignored and disliked, some members of the Doeg tribe raided a local plantation then murdered a white servant. The local white settlers struck back against not only the Doeg tribe but all natives. This was a mistake, for they had attacked one of the more powerful tribes, the Susquehannocks. Angered, the natives made more raids on plantations, threatening not just the immediate area but the whole of the southern colonies. Distinguished landowners such as Bacon felt, the governor should supply help for the landowners, but Berkeley refused. Bacon already ridden with anger and hatred towards Berkeley, defied the governor's word and with a small band of men struck back against the natives. This was the start of Bacon's rebellion.